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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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It is a balancing act when it comes to feeding protein. Dairy cows do not have a requirement for crude protein – instead, they require amino acids, the building blocks of protein. The main sources of amino acids are:

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Kilograms of milkfat and milk protein shipped, also known as milk component yield (MCY), accounts for a large portion of the milk cheque.

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Most dairy feeding studies are conducted in mid-lactation, providing vital information regarding the nutritional needs of cows. Since 2000, 28 such feeding experiments have been conducted evaluating canola meal as an ingredient for dairy cows.

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Plastic recycling is an issue that concerns consumers in almost every industry, and agriculture is no different.

A study released in 2011 found that Ontario farmers use nearly 7,000 tonnes of plastic as part of their yearly operations.

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Some years, by some happy accident, producing forage goes well and the end product is not only marketable but of exceptional quality.

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“My feed bill is too high. How can I cut my feed costs?”

As nutritionists, it’s a question we hear often. And on dairies with robots, it’s no different.

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