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Feeding and Managing a Herd for 100 Pounds of Milk/Day

If you want your dairy herd to produce 100 pounds of milk per day, then you must consider the following principles. Each additional pound of peak milk will yield 239 pounds of milk over a 305-day lactation. First-lactation animals need to produce 75% of the expected mature cow production. Second lactation animals need to produce 90% of the

Molasses versus Sugars

LIQUID FEEDS ARE MORE THAN MOLASSES Registered and customized Liquid Feed products, contain molasses, protein from corn solubles and additional sugar sources. Molasses contains sucrose, glucose, fructose, organic acids including lactic and malic etc. other carbohydrates and is a rich source of B Vitamins. Adding custom blend molasses products to

What to do when you are over quota.

You have been over quota before; it’s not a big deal, right? You used incentive days coming along to absorb your over-quota balance. Well, it doesn’t look like there will be any this fall, and perhaps not for a long time. So, what do you do now? If you do nothing, you will end up dumping milk, or even worse, shipping it for nothing

Sugar Source Can Increase Fiber Digestibility: What is the Economic Impact?

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Dairy Technical Bulletin There are three factors that influence the impact of sugar on fiber digestion. They are the rumen degradable protein (RDP) content of the diet; forage content of the diet; and amount of sugar and starch in the diet. Due to the interaction between RDP and sugar source, it is important to compare the impact of sugar on

How to determine which dairy herds are likely to respond to LFI supplementation in their diets.

When corn and soybean meal prices are high, LFI products will least cost into dairy cattle diets but this is not always the case. Grain and protein prices always return to more normal levels in time. When this situation occurs, it is important to identify those herds which will respond to LFI supplementation. This situation is not any different
Dairy Technical Bulletin This year’s spring is one for the records when it comes to the growth and harvest of 1st cut forage. According to Agriculture and Agri-Foods Canada, Southwestern Ontario has at least 50% of fields experiencing some winterkill to as much as 80% of fields being affected in Central and Eastern Ontario. This has

Properly Mixing Liquid in TMRs

Liquid feeds can be a valuable resource for dairy farms to include in their TMRs. Common liquid feeds that are included in the TMR include water, molasses based supplements, and byproducts such as condensed whey and corn products. They may be included to increase moisture content of TMRs, improve consistency, reduce sorting, or add nutrients.
Reason 1: Cows are naturally adapted to high sugar but not high starch diets. High starch diets (> 27%) and/or high starch fermentability depress ruminal fiber digestion but high sugar diets (6.5 – 8.5%) do not. Pasture grass, grass hay, and alfalfa hay are all high in sugar. Currently, dairy cows are fed large amounts of starchy