TMR for cows - The benefits

 Wed, 1st Mar, 2023

What is TMR for cows?

Total Mixed Ration or TMR is a mixture of different feed ingredients. This can include silage, haylage, grains and protein supplements. 

Cows are happy to consume the TMR, which is carefully prepared (usually by the farmer or a nutritionist) to provide a balanced and complete diet.

The importance of TMR for cows

Having a good balance in the feeding of cows is crucial for their health, productivity, and overall well-being. A well-balanced diet provides the cows with the necessary nutrients, energy, and fibre to support their growth, reproduction, and milk production. 

A deficient or imbalanced diet can lead to health problems (such as ketosis), poor performance and reduced profitability for the farmer.

To ensure a good balance in the feeding of cows, it is important to consider their nutritional requirements, as well as the quality and availability of the feed ingredients. 

Getting the right TMR 

A nutritionist or a feeding specialist can help formulate a TMR that meets the cows specific needs. This will be based on factors such as age, weight, breed, stage of lactation or gestation, and the environmental conditions.

The video of cows eating TMR highlights the importance of having a good balance in the feeding of livestock as it contributes to their health, productivity, and profitability. It also shows the benefits of using a TMR system, which allows for accurate feeding and reduces feed waste, labour, and cost.

How we used brewers grains as part of a TMR