“The best way to lower purchased feed cost is to have higher quality forage.” Remember, your nutritionist is only as good as the forage you give him/her to work with! High quality forage lowers purchased feeds needed and total feed cost, and increases dry matter intake and production. This may also affect your forage mix that you feed your lactating cows. Alfalfa to corn silage ratios influence purchased protein supplement amounts; but digestibility of the forage, whole farm yields and cow preference all need to be taken into consideration.
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