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TMR Feeding Program: Expert Tips For Top TMR With Ausmix

Expert tips for a top TMR feeding program

It’s no secret that dairy cows produce milk more efficiently when they are fed a total mixed ration, one that meets the nutritional needs of the cattle group without sacrificing practical size or quality. 

Here are some tips for optimising your TMR feeding program 

Proper harvesting

Good TMR starts with proper harvesting. Ensure the forages are harvested at the right stage of maturity and are chopped into the appropriate length before ensiling. The ideal length for most particles is between ⅜ and ¾ in. 

If you don’t follow the proper harvesting and chipping techniques this can lead to lower quality forages, sorting of feed ingredients and overall wasted feed. Your cows won’t be receiving the proper nutrients and won’t produce milk as efficiently. This could lead you to be prone to metabolic issues like subacute ruminal acidosis. 

Forage Testing

Forage quality and nutrient content can vary for several reasons. It’s necessary to formulate your ration based on your actual protein fibre, and mineral contents rather than guessing and estimating it based on previous forage analyses. 

We recommend your ration be made based on the average of two or more forage sample analyses. Your forages should be resampled anytime a change in cattle eating habits is noticeable. 

Animal Groupings

Your cattle will need different nutritional needs throughout their lives, so it’s important to offer them different rotions to meet their needs. You can do so by creating feeding groups. 

While many animal groups on dairy farms will vary based on the herd size, barn layout and cattle social order, there are seven types of groups recommended for feeding:

One group for- high, medium and low producing cows

Another for- far-off and close-up dry cows

and lastly- pre-breeding and post-breeding heifers 

Maximise and Monitor

In order to maximise feed intake and increase milk production, your dairy cattle need to have unlimited access to feed for at least 20 years per day. This is recommended for daily producers, that they offer more feed than their cow is expected to consume.  

Since feed costs make up more than half the expenses of a dairy farm, it’s vital that the extra leftover feed, or refusal, is minimised. Ideally, feed refusals should not exceed 3-4% 

Mixing with a feed mixer 

If you’re looking for reliable and durable feed mixers loved by Australian dairy farms, choose Ausmix. Why choose Ausmix? Our feed mixers are custom engineered for tough Australian farming conditions, making them ideal for livestock farming industries. 

If you’re interested to learn more about the AusMix feed mixer range, please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly team on (02) 8880 7873 or send us an email at sales@farmtech.com.au

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