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Stop the disappearing feed act

Tue, 11/24/2015

Action can be taken to reduce feed losses during the TMR mixing process.

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By Abby Bauer, Hoard’s Dairyman Associate Editor

Now you see it . . . and now you don’t. Just like that, feed that was once available for your herd can be lost due to mold, pests, weather conditions and human error.

Feed losses, known as shrink, often happen slowly over time. We may not notice the impact shrink has on feed inventories on a daily basis, but that does not mean these losses should be ignored.

“We cannot forget shrink,” said David Greene, a Dairy Field Technical Specialist with Diamond V. “That’s money spent that you don’t get value from.”

Some measurable losses can occur during the TMR mixing process. At the 2015 GPS Dairy Forum, Greene shared the following recommendations to maximize efficiency and minimize shrink when mixing feed:

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