Vitamin degradation can be an unseen form of shrink in your dairy ration. Increasing the supplemental levels of fat-soluble vitamins can improve cow health and performance.
The economic cost and impact of feed shrink on dairy farms is a widely covered topic. Sources of clearly measurable feed shrink include field losses, improper storage, feedout practices, wind, rain, birds, wildlife and heating of the total mixed ration (TMR). However, there are some unseen forms of feed shrink that have a significant impact on the nutrient value of a cow’s diet. This unseen shrink is not easily measured, comes from certain ingredients and storage conditions, and can happen over days, weeks and months.
April 14, 2023