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Forage focus: Precision feeding of dairy cows at Lyons Research Farm

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The autumn-calving dairy herd on UCD’s Lyons Research Farm is currently being fed a mix of maize and grass silage; beet pulp; and soya. Farm manager Eddie Jordan has been asked: ‘Is the operator of the Keenan feeder filling it with a spoon?’

Noel Cullen is filling the feeder within an accuracy of 0.37% and has made it down to as low as 0.1%. It’s all part of a day’s work on the research farm, where a huge focus is put on forage quality. From diet formulation to weekly dry matter measurements, everything is about quality.

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