The modern cattle practitioner is increasingly being expected to offer advice and services beyond that of emergency treatments, routine fertility visits and tuberculosis testing. With a good knowledge of farming ‘best practices’ and the unique ability to link cow-side indicators with health and performance, veterinary surgeons are best placed to offer expert independent and unbiased advice on many aspects of herd management, especially nutrition. Volatile and increasing prices for purchased feed mean that a greater emphasis must be placed on making the most of home-grown forages. This article aims to equip practitioners with the confidence to give nutritional advice on the main component of most winter diets in the UK – silage.
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