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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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Improving soil and crop management can help reduce weather-related crop production risks and contributes to the sustainability of the cattle industry (Figure 1).

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Forage availability is sometimes limited because of poor growing conditions or because of insufficient land base on individual farms.

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When I was growing up in the ’60s, there was little choice about how to store hay.

It was virtually all stored in small square bales and much of it was stored in a barn loft.

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I practice recycling – this includes cans and bottles, but also the information I’ve had to develop for farmer meetings.

Recently I presented a talk with the above title to some Virginia dairy farmers. Following are the high points:

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Weeds compete with crops for nutrients, space, sunlight and water. Compared to other crops, corn is particularly sensitive to early season weed competition.

The traditional weed management program in corn was centered on the use of soil-applied herbicides such as atrazine.

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What do you see when you look at a bale? Certainly, many would say it is a source of feed for our livestock. Others see a commodity that is sold to their customers.

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