Dairy Cattle Nutrition of Milking and Dry Dairy Cows

Dairy September 02, 2014|Print

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.


  1. Nutrition Article Series
  2. Acidosis and Laminitis
  3. Additives
  4. Animal Health
  5. Byproducts
  6. Carbohydrates
  7. Dry and Transition Cows
  8. Fats
  9. Feed Program Management
  10. Feedstuffs Management
  11. Forages
  12. Heat Stress
  13. Managing Feed Costs
  14. Milk Composition
  15. Minerals and Vitamins
  16. Protein
  17. Troubleshooting Tools
  18. Water

Nutrition Article Series

  1. Checklist for the Top 5 Priorities for Fall/Winter Dairy Feeding Programs
  2. Cow Nutrition and Crop Nutrient Management
  3. Managing Dairy Calves and Heifers During the Winter Months
  4. Excess Sulfur and Potassium can Cause Mineral Nutrition Problems with Dairy Cows
  5. Management Practices before Calving Help Prevent Fresh Dairy Cows from Becoming “Losers”
  6. Checklist for Nutritional Aspects for Improving Reproductive Efficiency
  7. Real World Vitamin Recommendations
  8. Dairy Feeding and Management Considerations during Heat Stress
  9. Managing a Grazing System for a Milking Dairy Herd
  10. Using Milk Urea Nitrogen to Improve Nitrogen Efficiency and Reduce Environmental Impact of Dairy Cows
  11. Sugar in Diets for Lactating Dairy Cows
  12. Proper Use of Forage Composition Data for Formulating Diets for Dairy Cows
  13. Management of Fresh Dairy Cows Critical for a Dairy's Profitability
  14. Processing Cereal Grains Fed to Dairy Cattle
  15. Precision Feeding Dairy Heifers
  16. Setting Nutrient Specifications for Formulating Diets for Groups of Lactating Dairy Cows
  17. Subclinical Hypocalcemia, or Milk Fever, in Dairy Cows — Why all the Fuss?
  18. Minimizing the Risk for Ketosis in Dairy Herds
  19. Issues Related to Subacute Rumen Acidosis in the Dairy Cow
  20. Forage Evaluation: Wading Through a Sea of Numbers
  21. What are Your Dairy Cows Telling You about Their Nutrition Program?
  22. Displaced Abomasum – Avoiding the Need for a Tummy Tuck in Dairy Cows
  23. Managing Labor Responsible for Feeding the Lactating Dairy Herd
  24. Rumen Development in the Dairy Calf
  25. Dairy Cows Need Adequate but Not Excessive Amounts of Trace Minerals

Acidosis and Laminitis


Animal Health




Dry and Transition Cows


Feed Program Management

Feedstuffs Management


Heat Stress

Managing Feed Costs

Milk Composition

Minerals and Vitamins


Troubleshooting Tools


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 eastridge.1@osu.edu.