When was the last time you stopped to see what your cows were eating?
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.