Tips to Maintain Dairy Cow Feed Intake During Summer

Tips to Maintain Dairy Cow Feed Intake During Summer
6/5/2017

Dairy cows under heat stress will sort against the forage in the total mixed ration (TMR). This behavior risks altering the composition of the rumen mat and exposes the cows to SARA.

Together, producers and nutritionists can adjust the ration during the summer to help compensate for the negative effect of heat stress. Typical adjustments include aiming for 18-19% acid detergent fiber and 25-28% neutral detergent fiber. In addition, the diet should pack more energy to compensate for declines in intake. In addition, increasing the availability of water, shade, airflow and misters can help reduce the effect of heat on cattle.

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Tags: Feeding Strategies, Management Tips