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DeVries touts benefits of technology on feeding efficiency of dairy cows

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GREEN BAY – Alltech’s recent dairy school focused on using technology to improve cow management and milk production.

The keynote speaker was Professor Trevor DeVries, currently Research Chair in Dairy Cattle Behavior and Welfare at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

DeVries is currently investigating how optimizing nutrient delivery in dairy cows can help meet industry demand and increase production without over-supplementing their feed.

He noted that many people associate technology on 21st-century dairy farms with robotic milking, but stressed that precision dairy management also includes technologies designed to automate other tasks such as cleaning, bedding, fanning and feeding.

Job challenges

DeVries emphasized that labor shortages will be the driving force behind the implementation of technology on North American dairy farms in the future. “In response to that, we are seeing the development of technology and automation at an exponential rate,” he said.