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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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With the cost of fertiliser today, thinking about fertilising those hay stands should be a priority (Figure 1).

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Hay growers have traditionally been advised not to harvest alfalfa when the cutting is likely to take place four to six weeks before the first killing frost.

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With high feed costs, now is the time to evaluate your current ensiling techniques in order to make improvements to the process.

To do this, let’s take a look at the different phases of the ensiling process, what pitfalls exist and what steps you can take to reach your silage feeding goals.

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Dairy calf feeds are normally low in functional fatty acids (butyric acid, medium-chain fatty acids, and linolenic acid – see Table 1) known to influence metabolism and immunity – and calves respond to their supplementation.

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Feed programs that nurture rumen microbial populations help increase the dairy’s income over feed cost (IOFC).

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Engineers had the slide rule. Nutritionists used Pearson’s Square to calculate the proper inclusion rates for two ingredients in order to achieve the desired concentration of a single nutrient.

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