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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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Calving sets off a series of events in a cow’s body that impacts her entire system. One stressor is a significant spike in calcium demand due to the onset of colostrum production.

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The transition period is extremely important in the life of a dairy cow. During this period, a cow goes from a state of almost total rest in a non-productive phase to a productive phase, which requires a major adjustment on many levels.

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The transition cow is one of the most important animals in your operation. A successful transition sets her up for a great lactation and the potential to stay in your herd for years to come.

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In dairy cows, the transition from gestation to lactation results in a sudden large demand for calcium due to the production and secretion of colostrum and milk.

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Yeast products are commonly used in dairy cow diets, but we are often asked whether they should be used and if it matters if the live or inactivated products are included.

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This is the third in a three-part series on forage hygiene. The previous articles focused on in-field management tips and animal health.

Hauling away spoiled silage is no fun. There’s a sinking feeling that comes with throwing out feed.

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