The use of alternative feeds to replace corn grain is a hot topic these days. A Michigan State University Extension dairy educator offers some advice in the latest Michigan Dairy Review.

“With high corn prices in 2011, dairy producers may be seeking alternative feeds to lower feeding costs,” says Faith Cullens, extension dairy educator. ”Because of the high energy requirements of lactating dairy cows, feed selection must include considerations of energy content and digestibility while maintaining a healthy rumen environment.”

Cullens discusses sources of energy, alternative feed categories and how to determine the marginal change in income from a ration change.

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Source: Michigan Dairy Review, January 2012