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Raising a Better Herd Through Nutrition
Nutrition is the cornerstone of herd health and productivity. It’s also one of the few production factors producers have the most control over.
More from this issue
Fatty Acid Profiles: Going Beyond Milk Fat
Dairy producers need innovative tools and approaches to optimise milk production while ensuring the overall health and well-being of their cattle. One promising approach is the integration of a fatty acid profile, which can be used to evaluate the feeding status of the herd, assist with nutrition analysis and offer insights into rumen fermentation.
The Future of Precision Feeding
Recent research from the University of Guelph is using artificial intelligence (AI) to improve precision feeding and individualize feed for dairy cows. Dr. John Cant from the Ontario Agricultural College’s Department of Animal Biosciences is the lead researcher on a study using AI technology to forecast nutritional needs for individual cows.
Harvesting Quality Forage
With the high price of concentrates, producers are being challenged to ask themselves: Can I afford to harvest poor quality forage this year?
Prince Edward Island dairy farmer, Joe Dorgan, put his herd of 160 cows on an organic footing in the early 2000s. When he made the move, he found himself having to pay top dollar for an organic feed additive to boost vitamins and minerals in the herd’s diet. He needed a more economical alternative.