Determining optimal feeding environment for dairy cattle

Determining optimal feeding environment for dairy cattle

*Rick Grant is president of the William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute in Chazy, N.Y.

THE dairy industry continues to sharpen its focus on the efficiency of feed use. Providing an optimal feeding environment enhances the cow's response to her diet, in particular ensuring adequate feed availability.

For example, herds that routinely feed for refusals and practice consistent feed push-up produce an average of

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