Examining the components of optimal dairy cow nutrition

Examining the components of optimal dairy cow nutrition

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A review of the fundamental nutrition criteria for efficient dairy production

Nutritionists, producers, vets and other dairy professionals are well aware of the impact of nutrition, or more specifically, sub-optimal nutrition, on dairy cow productivity. There is a plethora of research, advanced ingredients and rationing tools to try to achieve optimal diets for different stages of the production cycle. A balanced dairy ration is crucial for promoting health and longevity, and is derived from carbohydrates, protein, minerals, vitamins and water — the compounds that drive metabolic processes in the body leading to growth, milk production and reproduction.