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How to Keep Milk Production Up in Cold Weather

As the temperatures drop, so can milk production. When it is cold, cows can divert their energy into maintaining body temperature instead of producing milk. What can you do to avoid that? Check out the tips below:

Revise Rations. “Cows need more calories to keep themselves warm, especially cows with less than moderate body condition,” says Karen Johnson, a University of Minnesota Extension educator. “Discuss with your nutritionist the ideal options for your herd and facilities.”

Additionally, Tony Hall, a nutritionist with Lallamand Animal Nutrition, says producers should allow higher TMR refusals. “Avoid cows running out of feed at the feed bunk and allow higher TMR refusals for the transition cow pens,” he advises.

January 19, 2021



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