What do cows eat? Deconstructing dairy cow diets

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September 13, 2019

Overview

The What Do Cows Eat? Deconstructing Dairy Cow Diets lesson is designed to add a visual and hands-on component to an important focus of understanding feed management, health and behavior of dairy cows. As a group, participants will discuss and identity important feedstuffs of a dairy cow’s diet and see how these ingredients are mirrored in the human diet. 

 

Objectives

After completing this activity, participants will be able to:

  • List the major components necessary for a balanced cow diet.
  • Explain why each of the feedstuffs are important for a cow to be healthy and productive.
  • Discuss the benefits for feeding dairy cows as practiced on many operations.

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Related Topic Areas

4-H Animal Science

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