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Nutrition Articles

Safety Practices in order to Prevent Aflatoxin in Milk

The safety and quality of feed and forages are critical to avoid losses in production, herd health issues, and even potential loss of cattle.

Mycotoxins: What Are They? How Do We Test For Them?
Koos Vis, Diamond Hoof Care LTD

The discovery of the mycotoxin aflatoxin in the 1960s led to a boom in scientific and regulatory interest in mycotoxins. When it was found that aflatoxins can be carcinogenic in animals, an urgent need was sparked to facilitate a greater

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How much Forage do cows actually need?
AG Web powered by Farm Journal

Cows love to eat forage. How much do they really need though?

Successful TMR Feeding System

Extension Dairy Professor Jud Heinrichs explains this is accomplished by feeding a nutritionally balanced ration at all times, allowing cows to consume as close to their actual energy requirements as possible and maintaining the physical or roughage characteristics, which we

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Low Potash Silage for Dry Cows

Silage for dry cows is different to that for milking cows, Michael Garvey of the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) says.

Silage Shrink

When dairy producers think of silage shrink, they typically mean the difference between the tons of fresh forage harvested and the tons of ensiled forage actually fed.

Increase milk intake to newborn calves when the temperature drops
Peter Vitti, Grain News

Newborn dairy calves, until about a month old raised in an unheated or cold facilities, often struggle with poor growth rates and are more susceptible to disease.

Avoid too much fat for early-lactation cows
Peter Vitti

In the last year, there has been a few supply-management incentives for dairy producers to increase milk and milk fat yield in their milk cows.

Dealing with Selenium Deficiency
Eoin Ryan, UCD Vet Hospital

Selenium deficiency, which often occurs in association with vitamin E deficiency, is a relatively common trace mineral deficiency in Ireland.

Stable diet of DMI will help push up optimum Milk Production
Peter Vitti

For years, getting lactating dairy cows to eat as much dry matter intake (DMI) as possible has been a common goal among dairy specialists aimed at getting cows to produce more milk.

Corn Silage – Making it Work for You
Cargill Feed and Nutrition, Danielle Kiezebrink, MSc

When made properly, corn silage can be one of the greatest energy feeds for dairy cows.

Trial conducted to evaluate the effects of feeding a negative DCAD diet prepartum
Journal of Dairy Science; Z. Wu, J.K. Bernard, K.P. Zanzalari, J.D. Chapman

Historically, negative dietary cation-anion difference (DCAD) diets have been fed for 2 to 3 weeks prepartum to reduce the incidence of clinical hypocalcemia or milk fever.

Making High Quality Alfalfa Forages
Mark G. Cameron, Ph.D. Dairy Nutritionist, Cargill Animal Nutrition

For most dairy producers in Western Canada, winter arrived early with lots snow and spring has arrived later than usual, so thinking about new crop forages has not been the focal point of most dairies.

Choosing the Right Inoculant
Troy Brown – Cargill Forage Inoculant Specialist & Mark Cameron, PhD – Cargill Ruminant Nutritionist

Considering all the variables associated with forage production, choosing the inoculant that provides the best solution can be very challenging. Yet this decision is very critical to assure the desired outcome is achieved.

Connecting the Dots Between Accelerated Heifer Rearing
Danielle J. Kiezebrink, MSc, Mark G. Cameron, PhD & Cargill Animal Nutrition

Background- On most dairies, heifer rearing is one of the most overlooked and under managed assets on the farm.


Spring 2018


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