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Feeding Fat to Dairy Cows

Fat contains over two times the amount of energy found in grain. This makes it a very good energy supplement for early lactation cows. The intake of supplemental fat should not exceed 5% of the ration. This...
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Potassium in Dairy Cow Diets

Although potassium (K) is an essential nutrient for dairy cattle, increasingly high levels in forages have made cattle more susceptible to metabolic diseases such as grass tetany, udder edema and milk fever...
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Milk Protein

As component pricing based on solids not fat and/or protein becomes more a standard in the industry, production of milk components, particularly protein, will receive more emphasis. In addtion, methods of...
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Milk Urea Nitrogen

What is Urea? Urea is a small organic molecule composed of carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, and hydrogen. Urea is a common constituent of blood and other body fluids. Urea is formed from ammonia in the kidney a...
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Managing Milk Composition: Maximizing Rumen Function

Various feeding management practices impact the levels of milk fat and protein concentration in raw milk. Feeding strategies that optimize rumen function also maximize milk production and milk component per...
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Managing Milk Composition: Evaluating Herd Potential

The major components of raw milk are water, fat, protein, lactose, and minerals. These components can be influenced by many factors, including genetics and nutrition. Nutrition or dietary influences readily...
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Managing and Feeding Lactating Dairy Cows In Hot Weather

The modern dairy cow is similar to a factory, consuming and processing large quantities of raw materials (feedstuffs) and producing a large volume of high quality product (milk). It is essential that the fl...
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Phosphorus recommendations for ruminants and possible improvements

The following article is a special collaboration from AFMA (Animal Feed Manufacturers Association) www.afma.co.za We thank their kind support. All the current nutritional recommendation syste...
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Feather Meal: Its Nutritional Value And Use In Dairy And Beef Rations

The following article is a special collaboration from AFMA (Animal Feed Manufacturers Association) www.afma.co.za We thank their kind support. Feathers – The Raw Material The American Association of ...
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Health Management Practices for Dry Dairy Cows

Introduction Dairy cows require a rest period between lactations. The udder and the digestive tract especially benefit from rest during the dry period. The dry period is actually the beginning of the...
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