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FEED & NUTRITION

Learn about all aspects of the dairy cow ration, from harvest to storage and balancing additives to forage supplementation.

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It has long been recognized forage fibre is an essential component of the lactating cow diet, and inadequate fibre intake can lead to depressed milkfat and low rumen pH that can further lead to health problems such as sub-acute ruminal acidosis (SARA) and laminitis.

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As nutritionists, we once thought adding the correct level of neutral detergent fibre (NDF) to the diet was all that was required to create a healthy rumen and thus allow the protein and energy contained within the diet to be used to produce milk.

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Regardless of the type of feeding system you have, there are many opportunities to declutter your ration, putting more money in your pocket and simplifying your life.

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This 2018 forage season was again a challenging one for producers across North America. In some areas, there were weeks of heavy precipitation, leading to saturated soils and even flooding.

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How costly are pest birds on dairies? Would you be surprised to know some dairy farmers estimate the cost of feed loss from pest birds to be $55 per cow?

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In 2007, my career path was somewhat redirected after working with a high-profile dairy herd’s health and performance challenge.

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