Management and Milk Components – Dr. Rick Grant

January 25, 2017


Check out this segment from Dr. Rick Grant, from the William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute, as he dives into his segment on management and milk components. Specifically, he will discuss results from evaluating the impact of feeding management on cow behavior and its impact on cow productivity.

What you will learn:

  • Milk fat and protein are key components of dairy profitability.
  • Rumen health – i.e. pH – is crucial for optimizing milk fat and protein
  • Stocking density, feeding frequency, and dietary peNDF are primary factors that influence de novo fatty acid synthesis and milk composition.

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Dr. Rick Grant

William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute

Dr. Rick Grant was raised on a dairy farm in northern New York State. He received a B.S. in Animal Science from Cornell University, a Ph.D. from Purdue University in ruminant nutrition, and held a post-doctoral position in forage research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1989 to 1990. From 1990 to 2003, Dr. Grant was a professor and extension dairy specialist in the Department of Animal Science at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. Since February of 2003, he has been President of the William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute in Chazy, NY, a privately funded educational and research institute focused on dairy cattle, equine, and crop management. Dr. Grant’s research interests focus on forages, dairy cattle nutrition, and cow behavior. He has been the recipient of the Pioneer Hi-Bred International Forage Award in 2010 and the Nutrition Professionals Applied Dairy Nutrition Award in 2015.


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