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Fiber continues to be a key nutrient in the dairy rations of high-producing cows. Forages are the main source of fiber that may be raised on the dairy farm. But quality can vary greatly from crop to crop and year to year.
Though it may not feel like it, the first day of spring is March 20. In the spring, farmer spend their time looking at current forages and soil analyses to see if they may suggest some needed changes.
As the cow is moving from one lactation period to the next, the bulk of a successful dry cow diet is roughly 75 percent forage. The goal is to provide enough bulk to fill the rumen without having too much energy content.
Attention to detail can have big effects in dry cow diets for the transition from the dry pen into early lactation.
Several factors and new research reports indicate responses to added rumen-protected amino acids may be an economical and effective decision.
Animal protein (animal byproduct meals) sources have been used in dairy cattle feeding programs for years. Products such as blood meal, fish meal, meat and bone have long been known for their ability to supply rumen-undegraded protein and, more recently, metabolizable protein and critical amino acids (lysine, methionine).
When cows just aren’t performing the way they need to be, the ration often takes the blame. You may have the right ration, but that ration may not be what your cows are consuming.
Farmers often must bear the financial burden of mitigating the environmental footprint of producing food. Agriculture accounts for 9 percent of the total anthropogenic (associated with human activity) greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S.
The trends for the last 60 years have seen animal agriculture produce more food for human consumption with fewer farms and fewer animals. In fact, the carbon footprint of milk per unit has been reduced due to improved efficiency.
In many parts of North America, there can be a surplus of whole-plant corn acres left over for corn grain harvesting once the silage tonnage requirements are met. For dairy and beef operations, this grain fraction does not have to be taken as dried shell corn.
Instead, there is the option to take high-moisture corn (HMC) grain crops, using available field harvesting equipment and eliminating costs incurred during artificial drying, allowing harvest two to three weeks earlier and reducing field and harvesting dry matter compared to corn harvested for dry storage. There are a wide variety of HMC grain-type products stored on-farm depending on the harvest method chosen. All have one thing in common: They are stored by ensiling and are prone to aerobic instability if they are not ensiled, stored and fed out correctly.
Are you milking your cows efficiently while optimizing milk yield and milk quality? The goal in any milking routine is to synchronize timing between milk letdown and unit attachment.