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Managing the Feeding Environment for Rumen Health, Milk and Milk Components

This presentation will focus on key components of feeding management that affect cow behavior, rumen health (particularly pH), and productive responses. Important factors include stocking density, competition for feed and stalls, feed availability, and feeding consistency and frequency. Lying, eating, and ruminating are interconnected and management must accommodate all three behaviors to optimize cow responses. Economic benefits of an optimized feeding environment relate to better health and milk component output.

Speaker: Dr. Rick Grant

Rick Grant was raised on a dairy farm in northern New York State. He received a B.S. in Animal Science from Cornell University, a Ph.D. from Purdue University in ruminant nutrition, and held a post-doctoral position in forage research at the US Dairy-Forage Research Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. From 1990 to 2003, Rick was a professor and extension dairy specialist in the Department of Animal Science at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. Currently, he is president of the William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute in Chazy, NY, a privately funded educational and research institute focused on dairy cattle, equine, and crop management. Rick’s research interests include forages, dairy cattle nutrition, and cow behavior. He has been the recipient of the Pioneer Hi-Bred International Forage Award and the Nutrition Professionals Applied Dairy Nutrition Award. Since 2016 he has authored the Dairy Bottom Line for Feedstuffs magazine.
  • Managing the Feeding Environment for Rumen Health, Milk and Milk Components
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