The benefits of TMR

 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 role of TMR

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's 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 specific needs of the cows. This swill be based on factors such as: their 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