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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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Over the past 50 years, a great deal of research has been done to improve our knowledge of grain storage, both the physical properties of grain and storage equipment.

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When we consider the future of food and feeding the population, we also must consider the fact that we will have to produce more food in the next 30 years than we produced in the history of mankind.

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“Failage” and garbage are two possible iterations of baleage that producers should actively avoid, said northwestern Illinois baleage producer Kendall Guither.

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Two things commonly known about fats are: We can add them to dairy rations to improve the energy in the diet, and too much fat from grains, oilseeds and byproducts such as dried distillers grains (DDGs) can reduce milkfat production.

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When the earliest round balers rolled from the assembly line into the field, hay and straw producers learned these shiny machines were the way of the future.

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Producers have many forage options that can be looked at as tools in their toolbox. Since every farm has different circumstances, there isn’t a “one-size-fits-all” forage option.

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