Dairy cows have a diverse and balanced diet to meet their nutritional needs and support their overall health and milk production. The specific feed and diet of dairy cows vary from farm to farm, depending on factors such as location, climate, and available resources.
A Total Mixed Ration (TMR) is a method of feeding dairy cows that involves blending various feed ingredients into a well-balanced and homogeneous mixture. This approach ensures that each cow receives a precise and consistent combination of nutrients in each bite. Some of the most common elements of TMR include hay, silage, grains and concentrate, protein supplements, vitamins and minerals, byproducts and feed additives.
Cows can eat all sorts of things that humans can’t, in fact up to 80% of their diet is food that cannot be eaten by humans. This includes byproducts of other industries like cotton seeds, citrus pulp, brewer’s grains from alcohol production, candy waste, bakery waste, and more. By eating them cows help keep the byproducts out of landfills!