By Rod Martin
In the past couple months, we have heard a lot of discussion on lower milk production and higher components. We typically see this phenomenon every year during the fall season, but it seems to be more pronounced this year.
Consultants and producers have been evaluating and implementing ration strategies with the goal of increasing milk production while still maintaining good components. Low forage NDF digestibility has been a common theme based on forage lab analyses. In addition, feeding new corn silage and corn, along with shorter day length, is also a likely contributor to the low milk production and high components.