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Improving Profitability Through Feed Efficiency by Reducing Feed Bunk Losses - AS1641

Feed Efficiency
 
Feed Efficiency
Feeding behavior of group-housed dairy cows is influenced by management practices at the feed bunk and factors associated with the physical and social environment. The feeding pattern of group-housed dairy cows is largely influenced by the timing of fresh feed delivery, and the delivery of fresh feed has a greater impact on stimulating cows to eat than does the return from milking. Delivering fresh feed more frequently improves access to fresh feed for all cows and reduces sorting of the TMR. This potentially will reduce variation in diet quality consumed by cows, with benefits for milk production.

J.W. Schroeder, NDSU Extension Dairy Specialist

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