Eat feed — get milked — repeat. Such is the life of a dairy cow.
The two actions are fundamentally linked. They affect a cow’s overall health and play a role, along with genetic factors, in how much she needs to eat for producing a lot of milk.
Ideally, feed rations will contain all of the necessary nutrients required to keep a cow healthy and also a cow will be able to efficiently use her feed to maximize milk production. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Department of Dairy Science are passionate about making sure both of those things happen for Wisconsin’s dairy farmers today and into the future.