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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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If you had to choose just one cut of haylage to feed your milking herd for the entire year, which one would you select? I would hazard a guess that about 98 percent of producers and closer to 99.9 percent of nutritionists and veterinarians will choose the first cut.

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Tile drainage has proven to be an effective way to use farmland that, in past generations, would have been overlooked for production because it was too wet. To keep tiled fields producing high-yielding crops, farmers must ensure the tile is maintained and working properly.
 

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To understand the role of silage inoculants, one must understand the fermentation process to make silage.

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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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