Nutrition Articles

Perennial Forage feeding vs. Corn Silage in your Dairy Herd

Corn silage use is trending on Quebec’s large dairy farms, but Valacta’s Robert Berthiaume argues farmers who run against the herd can bulk up their bottom line with perennial forages.


Amino Acid Methionine and it’s health benefits in Dairy Cows

Animal scientist Phil Cardoso knew that milk protein increases when dairy cows are fed the amino acid methionine, but he suspected that the supplement might have additional health benefits.


Managing Phosphorus levels in a Dairy cows Diet

Management of phosphorus has emerged as a serious limiting factor for dairy farming for some of our closest neighbours, but what does this mean for Scotland?


What should be done with ‘anitbiotic’ residue milk?
Emmy Koeleman

When a cow is treated with antibiotics, there is a waiting period after treatment before the milk can be sold.


Salt sharing creating the potential for transmitting Tuberculosis
Ben Muir

A popular source of nutrition for cattle is a potential middleman for transferring disease, according to a recent study.


Nutrition and the role it plays in Reproduction
Carole Curtis

Over the past few years, there have been dramatic improvements in dairy reproductive performance.


High levels of Copper can endanger your herd
NR Kendall et al, Nottingham University

Farmers are being urged to audit the amount of copper being fed to dairy cattle after on-farm investigations found that stock is being endangered by feed products that commonly exceeded industry copper level guidelines.


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.



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