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The mycotoxin risk in forages and silages

Source: Biomin Author: Dr Timothy Jenkins, Development Scientist, BIOMIN Not just in grains Mycotoxins are toxic secondary metabolites produced by fungi and they have a large impact on the animal industry in health costs and reduced performance. People often associate mycotoxins with grains. Indeed in a forage material that includes some grain e.g. corn silage,

Feed delivery method affects the learning of feeding and competitive behaviour in dairy heifers

Source: Journal of Dairy Science Several studies have shown that adult dairy cows can display undesirable behaviour at feeding time. This includes sorting their feed (resulting in an unbalanced intake of nutrients), displacing others at the feed bunk or hurriedly eating the concentrated portion of their feed (when it is fed separately). All these behaviours can

Particle Length in Dairy Diets

Source: Manitoba Agriculture Food, and Rural Initiatives In a past article we looked at different methods of evaluating fibre requirements and briefly touched on forage particle length. In this article, I will take a closer look at how forage length changes with handling and incorporation into a total mixed ration (TMR). As particle length decreases, cows

Potential Feeding Challenges That May Arise from Dry Weather Conditions

Source: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Managing your feed supply can be a challenge any year, but can prove especially problematic during a dry season, such as the one experienced in many parts of Canada and the U.S. Midwest. Ontario’s 2012 growing season has negatively impacted forage and corn crops, which are

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Dairy Focus: Use Feed Strategies to Optimize Profits

Source: NDSU Extension Service, By J.W. Schroeder, Dairy Specialist Dairy producers have more than one way to feed a cow. This final article in a series focusing on the economics of making nutritional decisions during times of volatile feed prices summarizes the work of Normand St-Pierre of Ohio State University and Joanne Knapp of Fox Hollow Consulting,

Residual Feed Intake Is a Profitable Trait for Selection

Source: Dairy Research and Extension Consortium of Alberta, Dr. Zhiquan Wang, University of Alberta DRECA Dairy Research Summary Why is this important? Feed costs represent a large proportion of the variable costs in a dairy production operation and genetic improvement programs for production efficiency should include traits related to feed utilization. The limited use of feed efficiency

Check Moisture Content Regularly

Source: Manitoba Agriculture Food, and Rural Initiatives The moisture content of silages and haylages can vary tremendously and should be checked weekly. The amount of silage or haylage needed by dairy cows will change as its moisture content changes. For example, if your cow needs 60 lbs of silage containing 65% moisture, she needs 70 lbs

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Your feeding management practices can directly affect your herd’s milk yields

Source: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Dairy cow nutrition involves more than just analyzing data and tweaking your herd’s ration, suggested ruminant nutrition expert Dr. Rick Grant during his keynote address at a recent ruminant nutrition conference in the U.S. Dr. Grant, president of The William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute, based

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Nuscience feed technology enters Canadian market under Biotica brand

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Source: nuscience Nuscience feed technology enters Canadian market under Biotica brand Nuscience, a member of the Royal Agrifirm Group, has announced the introduction of its elite level feed technology suite into the Canadian market, under the Biotica product brand via strategic marketing partnership with Canadian Bio-Systems Inc. The launch of Biotica introduces Nuscience feed technology

Transition Feeding and Ketosis

Source: Manitoba Agriculture Food, and Rural Initiatives Failure to provide a sound feeding transition program will affect both production and health. Problems during the transition period can result in the loss of 10 – 20 lbs of peak milk, which is equivalent to an economic loss of $400 – $900 per lactation. Metabolic disorders are also

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