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Tips to maintain dairy cow feed intake in summer

Dairy producers and nutritionists can adjust ration during summer to help limit negative effects of heat stress.

When the temperature rises, dairy producers often see cows' dry matter intake decline. This can be related to sub-acute ruminal acidosis (SARA), which can lead to reduced milk production, according to Lallemand Animal Nutrition.

“In particular, producers should closely look at early-lactation cows once it starts getting hot,” said Anthony Hall, technical services — ruminant with Lallemand Animal Nutrition. “This group is affected by heat first, but the stress c

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