Dairy Feed & Nutrition

THESE ARE REMARKABLE TIMES IN THE WORLD VITAMIN MARKET.  Due to environmental issues in China and a destructive fire in Germany, the availability of vitamin A & E has become extremely limited.                                                        This is a good article from that discusses the current world vitamin shortage and the concerns with reducing or taking vitamin’s out of the diet.  progressivedairy.com-Feeding strategies to address vitamin A and E shortage

Dairy Cattle

At Shur-Gain, we understand that producing high quality dairy milk profitably is a complex business.  Our teams of dairy advisors, dealers, researchers and nutritionists have the resources and knowledge to make a difference to your dairy operation.  Shur-Gain Dairy Nutrition Advisors (DNA) and dealers are valued and dependable partners, who work in collaboration with our customers to maximize profitability, maintain herd health and reduce environmental impact.

As a recognized leader in the area of nutritional science and animal feed innovation, we believe it is our mission to utilize leading edge research from our global experience and bring these innovations and technologies to market as quickly as possible to help your dairy operation:

  • NEWTON is the first ration balancing software to utilize Dynamic Energy in formulating rations.  This advancement has been proven to save producers $0.14 – $0.40 per cow, per day while maintaining performance and health and reducing the need to overfeed.
  • Our research of rumen modifiers has led to several products that are capable of helping the cow to become more efficient and gain more from her feeds.  This reduces the need for higher starch diets, which allows us to feed safer higher forage based diets, while reducing costs.

Visit Shur-Gain’s website for more information of feeding programs for calves & heifers, dry cows and lactating cattle.

For the  Spring 2018 “At A Glance” Dairy Issue — follow this SGO-At a Glance Spring-2018

What to Expect for Fall Milk?

During this extremely HOT summer, we have seen heat stress effects on our lactating cows and a reduction in milk production & butterfat.

…. BUT will there be future implications of this?

2016 08 23--Dairy Digest -- Heat stress on dry cows and future lactation-page-001Click on image, left, for a great article from Brian Tarr discussing the effects of heat stress during the dry period, and the subsequent carry over effect this will have in that lactation.

Interesting to note the 2 month lag in milk production resulting in a decrease in production expected to start now and carry into the fall.

Because of the hotter summer we have had this year, the impact of heat stress can be expected to be even more severe.


Working With Low Forage Inventories — What can you do?

Many dairy producers are experiencing lower 2016 08 26--Dairy Digest -- Working with low forage inventories-page-001 cover pagethan normal forage inventories due to drought or abnormally low rainfall levels that have plagued Ontario.  Forage quality tends to be higher in low rainfall growing conditions as compared to wet growing years. Unfortunately, tonnage is compromised. 

Click image at left, for Bill Woodley’s Dairy Digest offering alternatives to supplement the low forage inventories currently being experienced in Ontario.


For your optimum future dairy herd performance, click on the image below to take you to more information on Shur-Gain’s Optivia’ Heifer Development Program:

Wright’s Feeds ‘N Needs has Dairy Nutritionists and Animal Health Specialists that are available to answer any questions or concerns that you may have regarding your dairy herd and farm.

      If you would like more information or would like to talk to a Dairy Specialist, please contact Harold — he would be happy to assist you.


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