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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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Liquid feeds can be a valuable resource for dairy farms to include in their TMRs.

Common liquid feeds included in the TMR include water, molasses-based supplements and byproducts such as whey products.

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Three times in the last five years, soaring grain prices have forced dairy producers to scrutinize on-farm practices and crack down on inefficiencies, striving to recuperate profitability.

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Mother Nature has given us an interesting growing season to say the least here in Canada. Some areas experienced a fantastic summer with timely rains and warm temperatures leading to what looks to be record yield potential and an early harvest.

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In a short hay market, the profitability of a hay crop is often determined less on quality but more on actual tonnage, since all classes of hay from low-quality to high-quality are selling out.

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Testing the moisture content of hay prior to the baling process is essential to both seller and buyer.

Moisture in hay is considered in three different forms – free water, physically trapped water and bound water.

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You cannot till or no-till your way out of a soil quality problem. Additional organic inputs such as crop residue, manure and cover crops are needed to increase organic matter and water-holding capacity, improve aggregate stability and water infiltration and build soil quality in many other ways.

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