Valuing forages based on moisture and nutrient content Public Deposited

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  • High-quality forages, such as alfalfa and grasses, are important for efficient milk production from dairy cows. Forages provide the effective fiber that is critical for good health and longevity. Inadequate effective fiber in the cow’s diet is one reason for acidosis and milk fat depression. Historically, when forage quality changed, dairy farmers adjusted the forage-to-concentrate ratio to compensate for reductions in energy and protein availability. As cows continue to produce more milk, this flexibility has been drastically reduced, further emphasizing the need to include only the highest quality forages in lactating cows’ diets.
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