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Total Mixed Ration (TMR)

Or: How a balanced composition of the fodder increases your milk yield

If you want to exploit the full performance potential of today's dairy cows, you need to optimize a large variety of factors - one of the aspects affecting the milk yield is feeding the cows in accordance with their performance potential.

Increased levels of milk yield in the herds put higher demands on the feeding system and feed management. Only animals that are healthy and fed in accordance with their performance potential will have a positive impact on company earnings in the long term. Even dairy cows with high genetic potential often do not reach the yield that is desired as well as theoretically possible from a genetic standpoint. Why is this? Because farmers often tend to forget that today's cows still are and have always been ruminant animals - just as their ancestors, the aurochs.

Feed that is not adjusted to a sufficient degree may be a reason why cows "refuse to perform". The solution to this problem is TMR feeding, i.e. a feed mix that is perfectly in tune with the performance level of the cows and helps boost milk yields in a way that could not be simpler.

Benefits of TMR

  • Since the cows consume concentrated feed along with their base feed, the pH-value in their rumens remains unaltered,
  • Since nutrients are fed along with their respective counterparts, their usability is increased significantly (rumen synchronization),
  • Unlike individual feedings, this type of feeding does not present the cows with the option of selecting their food,
  • the cows experience an improved "stomach feeling", causing them to increase their feed acceptance and, consequently, their milk production
  • the absorbed feed is utilized more efficiently, the milk yield rises, and the feed costs per kg of milk is reduced
  • Disorders of metabolism such acidosis, ketosis, and displacements of the bovine abomasum occur less frequently
  • A reduced workload for the farmer – strenuous "manual labor", e.g. during the mixing of the fodder, is substituted with state-of-the-art technology.
BvL will be laying the groundwork for you, or rather: we will provide you with a BvL mixer wagon of our "V-Mix series" that is custom-made to perfectly meet the requirements of your particular barn [more...]. Certified safety, patented innovation and our long years of experience in fodder mixing technology will help you achieve higher milk yields and improve your operating results.