Effects of various forage feeding programs during dry period on body condition and subsequent lactation health, production, and reproduction.

Abstract

During 3 yr, 289 Holstein cows prior to being dried off were assigned randomly to one of three diets: all long hay, 50% hay and 50% corn silage, and limit-fed corn silage plus 1.1 kg liquid protein supplement added per cow per day. Body weights, condition scores, and calving difficulties were recorded. Calf weights were recorded at birth. All cows were… (More)

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