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Expensive feed or custom feed: a cost comparison

From the September 17, 2018 issue of Agri-News A lack of moisture has curtailed pasture and hay production in many areas of Alberta this year. Dean Dyck, farm business management specialist at the Alberta Ag Info Centre, compares buying feed for cows to moving them to a custom operator to feed and care for those

Feed bunk management

Source: PennState Extension, John Tyson Fine-tune feed management by making sure that every group has access to feed when they return from milking. The largest two factors driving cows to the bunk are delivery of fresh feed and milking. Pushing feed up to the bunk does help, but the increase in cows at the bunk is

Molds and mycotoxins – effects of moldy feed and mycotoxins on cattle

Source: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs “Differences of opinion exist regarding the role of molds and mycotoxins in livestock problems basically because their effects on animal health and production are still in a grey area”. (Seglar & Mahanna, 1995). “Mycotoxins can have a very pervasive, yet subclinical effect on both performance and

Economic impact of four strategies to manage feed shortages

Source: Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, http://www.agric.gov.ab.ca/ With a shortage of feed in various regions of the province, the question specialists at the Alberta Ag-Info Centre hear most often is “what is my best option?” Herman Simons, economics extension specialist at the Ag-Info Centre, compares the financial implications of four different options to manage a feed shortage

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Total mixed rations (TMR): what can go wrong

Source: Manitoba Agriculture Food, and Rural Initiatives We all know the reported advantages of feeding a TMR (total mixed ration) – improvements in milk production of 6-8%, decreased feed costs of about 5%, and a reduction in metabolic health problems. We also know, however, of situations where the change to a TMR feeding system has not

Total mixed rations for dairy cows

Source: PennState Extension Total mixed rations help dairy cows achieve maximum performance and are the most common method for feeding high producing, indoor-housed dairy cows in the world. Introduction Feeding a total mixed ration (TMR) helps a dairy cow achieve maximum performance. Since its inception in the 1950s, it is now the most adopted method

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Short communication: Rumination and feeding behaviors differ between healthy and sick dairy cows during the transition period

Source: Journal of Dairy Science Abstract The objectives of this study were: (1) to describe the rumination and feeding behavior of freestall-housed Holstein dairy cows in the weeks around parturition, and (2) to determine the relationship between postpartum disease and precalving rumination and feeding behavior. Eighty cows were enrolled at approximately 2 wk (18 ± 7 d, mean ±

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Comparative feed values for ruminants

Source: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Fact Sheet written by: T. Wright – Dairy Nutritionist/OMAFRA; R. Lackey – Feed Ingredients and By-Products Specialist/OMAFRA One of the first considerations in selecting or replacing ingredients in a livestock diet is cost. The value of any feed in a ration depends on its usefulness in providing

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Heat-damaged protein supplements and amino acid nutrition

A common way of measuring heat damaged protein is to analyze a feedstuff for acid detergent insoluble nitrogen (ADIN). This measures the amount of nitrogen that is bound to the indigestible part of the feed. ADIN is then used to calculate the bound or unavailable protein. As ADIN increases in a forage, the protein digestibility

Cross-Canada tour promotes canola meal with influential Chinese delegates

Source: Canola Council of Canada From July 11 to 19, the Canola Council of Canada (CCC) armed five experts from China’s livestock and aquaculture industry with a first-hand learning experience on Canadian canola meal. The CCC-hosted tour began with a port tour in Vancouver to see how canola seed and meal move off shore and

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