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*** FEED DAIRY - Introductory Information

   MFA Dairy Feeds

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MFA offers a broad spectrum of dairy feeds to fit the many different feeding systems observed on the farm. This flexibility allows MFA to address the needs of all dairy producers. So, whether producers feed complete feed or grind-and-mix, feed through the parlor, use total mixed rations or a computer feeding system, MFA has a program to fit their needs.

We’re dedicated to performance and quality. We sell programs, not just feed, because we know producers constantly change feed and those who overlook their total feeding and management programs will achieve less than potential production. 

    Feeding Dairy Cattle

Current thinking among nutritionists is that “cows are better bred than fed.” One doesn’t have to look far to find a commercial herd using natural service outmilking a herd that has been bred AI for 20 years. This merely points out the fact that cows must be fed large quantities of high quality feedstuffs in the proper combinations to be able to express their genetic potential. While these observations sometimes lead to the erroneous conclusion that AI is not all that important, they do point out the importance of feeding and management

    MFA strongly recommends:

  1. DHIA testing to avoid the pitfalls of making management decisions based on tank averages.

  2. Artificial Insemination programs using high PTA $ sires and possibly a herd bull to clean up problem breeders.

  3. Routinely checking milking equipment for stray voltage, vacuum fluctuation and improper pulsation.

  4. Involve a veterinarian experienced in pregnancy testing and reproductive expertise in the herd health program.

  5. Forage testing at an accredited forage testing laboratories. Routine testing of the different forages fed and recommendations made by a: feed advisor, Area Sales Manager or nutritionist will save money, improve production and, above all, avoid disaster situations. 

For more information, contact Janice Spears at jspears@www.mfa-inc.com.

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