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It is often said that the introduction of the TMR (Total Mixed Ration) mixer has played a pivotal role in improving animal performance, and at the same decreasing feed cost. Yet little authoritative information has been written, nor public research conducted, regarding this important tool for cattle feeding since its inception more than 40 years ago. Here you’ll find information regarding how TMR mixers function, how to optimize the TMR and mixer operation on your farm, TMR mixer tips, industry developments, and other related items.

Restoring Consistent Cattle Feed Intake: Understanding Feeding Principles and Managing Variability

May 22, 2024
Many feeders can become frustrated with their inability to achieve a consistent cattle feed intake in their cattle, and their apparent need to constantly adjust the amount of feed they deliver to a given pen of animals each day.  Dr. Alan Vaage Dr. Alan Vaage is a Ruminant Nutritionist with over 30 years of experience [...]
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Enhancing TMR Uniformity and Sorting Resistance through Moisture Addition

May 7, 2024
The goal of a total mixed ration (TMR) is to make a uniform mix of all the ingredients in a ration such that each animal consumes its share of the ingredients in the intended proportions. This only works, however, if there is sufficient surface moisture in the mix to hold the ingredients together and prevent them [...]
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Enhancing Cow-Calf Operations: Strategic TMR Feeding for Replacement Heifer Development

April 24, 2024
The reproductive success of a beef cow-calf operation is built on its replacement heifer development and feeding programs. In an optimal system, replacement heifers are selected as calves at weaning. They must then grow at a minimal rate so they are ready to be bred and conceive by a time that permits them to calve about [...]
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Optimizing Cow-Calf Profitability: Reducing Hay Waste and Enhancing Feed Efficiency

April 17, 2024
Sitting here with the temperature outside still below freezing and the ground still well covered with snow, may seem early to think about the upcoming forage season. But it is a good time to consider the feed requirements for the coming year and plan any improvements that may be required or otherwise appropriate for your [...]
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