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Processed BMR silage increases milk production

Cows fed processed brown midrib (BMR) corn silage ate more dry matter and produced more milk than cows fed a conventional corn silage hybrid that was processed, according to University of Delaware research.

Cows fed the processed BMR silage ate 5.5 pounds more dry matter per day than cows fed the conventional silage. The cows fed processed BMR silage also produced about 6 pounds more milk per day than cows fed the conventional silage. Diets contained 42 percent corn silage on a dry-matter basis.

Cows fed processed brown midrib (BMR) corn silage ate more dry matter and produced more milk than cows fed a conventional corn silage hybrid that was processed, according to University of Delaware research.

A corn-silage-processing analysis tells you how well your silage was chopped and processed. Interest in this relatively new lab test has really taken off.

High-quality corn silage is a top priority for Don Gaalswyk, partner in the Rock Ridge Dairy near Castleford, Idaho. So, he has started holding meetings for all of the growers who supply his farm with corn silage, along with custom-harvest operators and even seed sales representatives. The farm's nutritionist also attends.

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