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Don’t just blame the nutritionist

Thu, 06/30/2016

Feeding the best possible ration to your herd takes true teamwork between the farmer and nutritionist.

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By Mark Rodgers, Georgia dairy farmer

I have other dairy farmers ask me questions about the analysis of the rations we feed at our farm. My usual answer is, “I don’t know, that’s what I pay the nutritionist to keep up with!”

I have come to realize that I don’t need to know everything, I just have to surround myself with good consultants who excel in their field.

I believe it is more important that I focus on the management of the feeding process. I should be making sure that we harvest at correct moistures, pack the silage adequately, seal the finished forage for long-term and stable storage, and manage the pit face to feed the best forages to our cows daily. Read more

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