Dairy Cow Diets

Drought Increases Aflatoxin Risk


Hot and dry cornfield conditions are breeding grounds for dangerous aspergillus ear and kernel mold that produces aflatoxins. This toxin is a known carcinogen, can harm livestock if fed and can lead to rejection at the elevator if abundant in a load.

Tags: Beef Health, Dairy Cow Diets, Swine Health

Dairy cow diets with animal protein

The Use and Future of Animal Proteins in Dairy Diets


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).

Tags: Animal Protein, Dairy Cow Diets, Feeding Strategies

When Bad Things Happen to Good Rations


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.

Tags: Dairy Cow Diets, Rations

dairy cow diets with nitrogen

Improving Nitrogen Efficiency in Dairy Diets


Nitrogen (N) utilization is becoming a central component in ration balancing as dairy producers try to maximize milk protein yields, decrease feed costs and conform to environmental standards

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