Successful Feeding Systems for Dairy
by Mike Hutjens
Focus is all types of feeding systems, their practicality for different herd sizes and economics, from grain feeding to TMRs; also feed storage, feed bunk management. 56 pages
Chapter 1 Feeding systems and cow factors; Optimizing rumen fermentation; Managing dry matter intake; Feed selection.
Chapter 2 Component grain feeding systems
Parlor concentrate feeding system; Concentrate with forage system; Magnetic or free choice concentrate feeder; Pasture-based feeding systems.
Chapter 3 Electronic computer controlled feeders
Management of ECCF; Economics of ECCF.
Chapter 4 Total Mixed Rations
Chapter 5 TMR feeding systems and equipment
Types of mixers; Scales; Conveying equipment.
Chapter 6 Feed storage
Types of feed storage – concentrates; Storing silage; Storage costs; Herd size factors; Forage quality; Feed delivery system.
Chapter 7 Feed bunk management with TMR
When is a feed bunk empty? How much weighback? Has sorting occurred? How often should TMR be fed? Feed bunk surface; How uniform should the TMR be? Use of marker or tracer feeds; Do lock-ups limit dry matter intake? Use of a feed logbook; Bunk scoring; How much feed bunk space? Mycotoxins; Mixer limits.
Chapter 8 TMRs for growing heifers
Heifer rations; Bunk design and water availability.
Chapter 9 Pasture based feeding systems
Dry matter intake; Supplemental energy; Supplemental protein; Mineral needs.
Chapter 10 Water as part of the ration
Water location; Water must be clean; Managing water.
Chapter 11 Building rations
Calculating nutrient requirements; Selecting available feeds; Balancing rations.
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