The world of dairy farming is rapidly evolving and the sector is in search of methods to support efficient and high-quality milk production. Numerous factors can influence the milk produced by dairy cows, among which nutrition plays a key role. Without access to an adequate diet, animals can experience health and welfare problems, and milk quality and/or quantity can also be affected, with significant knock-on effects on farm profitability.
Italian company Nutristar develops feedstuffs and supplements for livestock with a particular focus on dairy cows, providing solutions for forage production on farm and animal nutrition for the European marketplace. In particular, with systematic application of various analytical instruments, its experts carry out practical and dynamic tests both on farm and in the lab to formulate the best diet possible.
For a Bruker-Nutristar feature article titled "How precision feeding influences milk production," New Food Magazine spoke with Dr. Rita Fornaciari, Nutristar's Laboratory Manager, and Simone Blotta, its Laboratory Technician, to find out why more dairy farmers should be focusing on their cows' nutrition. Read the full article to get answers to dairy science questions such as "What is the ideal diet for a dairy cow?" and "What is the role of XRF elemental analysis, both on the farm and in the lab?"
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