There are many metrics that help shine light on a dairy herd’s performance, but one metric that is often overlooked can speak volumes – Dry Matter Intake. In this podcast, we’ll explore the sometimes unseen impact of how much the cows eat can affect health and performance.

Joining me again is Richie Shepardson, a dairy technical specialist with Milk Specialties Global based out of Vermont. Richie, welcome to the program.

Season 4, Episode 5


Here is the episode breakdown:

  • Tell me, why is DMI so important?
  • What factors influence DMI? 
  • How do the rations I feed influence DMI?
  • But is increasing DMI always a good thing?
  • How should I evaluate diets and DMI in overcrowded pens of cows?
  • Can lower DMI be overcome with high energy diets?


This episode is sponsored by Milk Specialties Global.


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