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Choosing the right supplement for your dairy farm requires careful consideration of factors such as energy content, cost, storage, wastage, and feeding logistics. The page provides details on common supplements, including energy levels (MJ ME/kg DM), nitrogen content, wastage, and key considerations for feeding. This information can help you select the appropriate supplement to match the needs of your cows and avoid health issues. Specific guidelines are given for various supplements, like potatoes, meal, molasses, and others, with insights on how to introduce and limit these in the cows' diet.
To choose the right supplement for your farm, you need consider the cost of energy (cents/MJ ME), storage, wastage, and feeding logistics. The supplements should have an energy content (MJ ME/kg) equal to or greater than 10.5 MJ ME/kg DM (dry matter) compared to pasture.
Here are some common supplements with their energy content, wastage, and key considerations: