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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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Weeds can affect the establishment of any perennial system, especially forages. For example, researchers found alfalfa fields with high densities of weeds resulted in reduced alfalfa plant densities of more than 50 percent, and others have documented similar results.

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When corn is $7, we want to get everything we can from the corn we are feeding. What do we have in storage? Is that really high-moisture corn? How do we measure quality?

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Why do cows – rather rumens – behave differently on the same diet?

We know that animal differences (i.e. age, parity, DIM, genetic potential) and management factors (i.e. crowding, time budgets, facilities) greatly affect production and animal health.

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Conscientious feeders want to do the best job possible for both their owners and cows. Their goal, whether written or not, is to manufacture and deliver a high-quality, accurate and consistent ration in an efficient manner.

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Cows have a history of being easy targets for blame. Mrs. O’Leary’s cow was credited with starting the fire that burned down Chicago when she kicked an unfortunately placed lantern on Sunday, Oct. 8, 1871.

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Dietary potassium is a significant nutrient for good dairy cow health and nutrition.

This macromineral impacts carbohydrate metabolism, amino acid uptake and protein synthesis, all of which aid in milk production as well as reproductive performance, immune function and cow well-being.

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