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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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One of the main goals of a dairy business is to maintain a consistent environment for its cows. Daily routines for the cows should occur at the same time every day, with their physical environment varying as little as possible.

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How important is it to know your forage quality?
Forage quality directly affects milk production and, therefore, your bottom line. The higher the quality of your forage, the more forage you can feed, supporting higher milk production and eliminating the need to purchase supplemental fiber.

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Livestock producers need a high-protein summer forage.

Forage soybeans fit well in a production system following small grains or early planted corn.

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Every year is different. That’s what makes farming interesting and, some years, very challenging. This year across much of Canada we were blessed with reasonable conditions at the end of April and in early May.

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It’s that time of year once again. The leaves have fallen, harvest is near completion and without any break in the action, decisions for 2012 are already upon producers.

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Replacement heifer feeding programs must be designed to allow heifers to be bred efficiently, calve out by 24 months old and produce to their maximum potential.

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