Brian Perkins, technical services specialist at Monsanto Dairy Business, suggests that you check the TMR delivered to your cows on a routine basis. During this quick evaluation, check for the following:
- Is any mold present?
- Does it have a strong odor or stink?
- Is it dusty or dry?
- Is the TMR uniform or segregated?
- Does it contain rocks?
- Does it contain burrs, sticks, or weeds?
- Is it excessively warm/hot?
If you detect any of these signs, it indicates a potential problem in your quality-control program.