Feed costs for the dairy cattle herd represent 50 to 60% of the total cost associated with the production of milk. In addition, properly implemented dairy cattle nutrition programs can improve milk production, health, and reproductive performance of dairy cows for both the milking herd and dry cows. In this section, articles on various aspects of dairy cow nutrition and feeding and dairy feeding management are provided. Articles pertaining to acidosis and lameness in dairy cattle, feed additives, the use of by-products in dairy cattle diets, fats, water quality, protein nutrition, minerals and vitamins, feeding management, troubleshooting nutritional problems, and forage information for dairy diets are available below.
Nutrition Article Series
- Checklist for the Top 5 Priorities for Fall/Winter Dairy Feeding Programs
- Cow Nutrition and Crop Nutrient Management
- Managing Dairy Calves and Heifers During the Winter Months
- Excess Sulfur and Potassium can Cause Mineral Nutrition Problems with Dairy Cows
- Management Practices before Calving Help Prevent Fresh Dairy Cows from Becoming “Losers”
- Checklist for Nutritional Aspects for Improving Reproductive Efficiency
- Real World Vitamin Recommendations
- Dairy Feeding and Management Considerations during Heat Stress
- Managing a Grazing System for a Milking Dairy Herd
- Using Milk Urea Nitrogen to Improve Nitrogen Efficiency and Reduce Environmental Impact of Dairy Cows
- Sugar in Diets for Lactating Dairy Cows
- Proper Use of Forage Composition Data for Formulating Diets for Dairy Cows
- Management of Fresh Dairy Cows Critical for a Dairy's Profitability
- Processing Cereal Grains Fed to Dairy Cattle
- Precision Feeding Dairy Heifers
- Setting Nutrient Specifications for Formulating Diets for Groups of Lactating Dairy Cows
- Subclinical Hypocalcemia, or Milk Fever, in Dairy Cows — Why all the Fuss?
- Minimizing the Risk for Ketosis in Dairy Herds
- Issues Related to Subacute Rumen Acidosis in the Dairy Cow
- Forage Evaluation: Wading Through a Sea of Numbers
- What are Your Dairy Cows Telling You about Their Nutrition Program?
- Displaced Abomasum – Avoiding the Need for a Tummy Tuck in Dairy Cows
- Managing Labor Responsible for Feeding the Lactating Dairy Herd
Managing Feed Costs
Acidosis and Laminitis
Dry and Transition Cows
Minerals and Vitamins
Subject Area Leader
Maurice Eastridge is the leader of the Dairy Nutrition subject area. If you have submissions or comments, you can contact him via email at email@example.com.