In the February 2013 Miner Institute Farm Report, Kurt Cotanch discusses low-forage diets for dairy cows, including a look at a "low-starch, low-forage” trial conducted at the Miner Institute.

Cotanch also offers some considerations if you are faced with having to feed low-forage diets or diets with high non-forage fiber sources (NFFS).

 

Cotanch says that when feeding low-forage rations remember the need for what he calls "high-quality" low-quality forage, as well as the need for clean, mold and yeast-free physically effective fiber (NDF) to maintain rumination and rumen health.

Source: February 2013 Farm Report, William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute, Chazy, N.Y.