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Sample Dry Cow Dairy Diets

Sample diets for dry dairy cows:

Important to note that these diets are based on average feed analysis for the forages represented and may vary in nutrient and mineral content from specific forages used on individual farms.

  600kg Dry Cow 7 months in calf maintenance diet
Standard Cane Molasses 0.7 kg/DM
Feeding quality barley Straw 7.5 kg/DM
Grass Silage 74% DMD 0.5 kg/DM
Rape Seed Meal 2.0 kg/DM
Crude Protein Requirement 11-12%
Crude Protein Supplied 11.0%
Energy Requirement 6.4 UFL
Energy Supplied 6.5 UFL

Diet is formulated for 600kg dry cow in good body condition score. Important to note to incorporate a good quality dry cow mineral 6-8 week prior to calving.

  550kg cow 7 months in calf gaining 0.5kg per day
Eco Maize 0.9 kg/DM
Whole crop silage 25% starch 5.4 kg/DM
Grass Silage 74% DMD 3.0 kg/DM
Feeding quality barley straw 1.0 kg/DM
Crude Protein Requirement 11-12%
Crude Protein Supplied 12.3%
Energy Requirement 8.2 UFL  kg/DM
Energy Supplied 8.1 UFL kg/DM

Diet is formulated for 550kg cow of poorer BCS aiming to gain 0.5kg per day. Important to note to incorporate good quality dry cow mineral 6-8 week prior to calving.

  650 kg 7 months in calf loosing 0.5 kg per day
Eco Maize 1.9 kg/DM
Maize silage 25% starch 1.2 kg/DM
Feeding quality barley straw 5.4 kg/DM
Crude Protein Requirement 11-12%
Crude Protein Supplied 11.7%
Energy Requirement 4.8 UFL kg/DM
Energy Supplied 4.9 UFL kg/DM

Diet is formulated for high BCS cow aiming to lose 0.5kg per day. Important to note to incorporate a good quality dry cow mineral 6-8 week prior to calving.

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