New take on how forage fiber affects cow's eating behavior

New take on how forage fiber affects cow's eating behavior

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

THE amount and digestibility of dietary fiber influence fiber intake, rumen turnover and the efficiency of milk production. Dairy nutritionists have long known that, as fiber content increases, cows spend more time eating, have a longer meal length and practice greater sorting behavior (Albright, 1993). However, the feed bunk management implicatio

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