Grain can be readily and successfully integrated into the diet of dairy cows, offering both nutritional and management benefits to a business. Reasons to consider grain feeding include, more feed, complementary feeding for pasture fed cows, better cow body condition and more milk. Feeding grains can also increase per cow and per hectare milksolid yields.
As for any dairy feeds, grains have some practical and nutritional challenges. All can be remedied by understanding the potential issues and by good forward planning. As for most feeds, challenges potentially associated with grain feeding are easily overcome with forward planning and advice from a PGG Wrightson nutritionist.