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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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New research continues to show that the use of oxygen barrier films protects feedstuffs better than standard plastic coverings.

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The era of higher corn prices has many nutritionists looking at feeding elevated levels of corn silage as a way to reduce starch input costs.

In Eastern Canada, it is not uncommon to be working with rations in the 70 to 80 percent corn silage range as a percentage of the total forages fed – significantly more than even 10 years ago.

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The use of baleage, also known as round bale silage, continues to grow across the upper Midwest on dairy and livestock farms.

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If you aren’t yet familiar with balancing dairy rations for amino acids, you will soon be learning quite a bit about this newer nutrition strategy.

That’s because amino acid balancing has the potential to improve milk component and milk production, improve protein utilization and lessen dairy’s environmental impact.

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While enjoying the mild Canadian winter, the last thing on a producer’s mind is the threat of mycotoxins on their farms.

But an early and unseasonal increase in temperature gives mould growth and its subsequent mycotoxin formations an ideal environment in storage facilities.

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There are many different qualities of forage seed available on the market, so it is important to buy good-quality forage seed to make forage-based farming successful from the beginning.

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