I hope you all are enjoying this warm weather. I know it’s been a scorcher the past week here in Ohio, but at the same time I’m so glad for some warm weather. It does make it a challenge to keep all of the horses and cows cool, and even people too. I don’t have AC in my truck and the central air is broken and will take some major $$$$ to fix in the house. So blegh. But you can’t help but smile seeing all of the sunshine, fields being planted, and flowers blooming!
I’m so excited to announce that I am now an independent consultant with Agri-Nutrition Consulting – I am now starting my journey as a dairy nutritionist!
So yes, dairy farmers have nutritionists for their cows. And it’s exactly what it sounds like – someone comes to the farm and makes sure the cows are looking healthy and eating well, and they build the recipe the cows’ diets. Can you imagine what it would be like if you had someone making sure you ate exactly what you needed to each meal to be in the healthiest shape!? To some of you it may sound bad, but it sure would take the worry and struggle out of eating healthy and you wouldn’t have to regret eating that extra cookie!
It’s really not simple to be a dairy nutritionist. I’ve spent countless hours reading through material and on phone calls with specialists in the company to be taught the ropes. I’ve also already been to Wisconsin twice in a matter of 6 weeks. And I am no where to being close to being done training. It will most likely be ongoing for the foreseeable future.
Cows have a 4 compartment stomach, so each ingredients needs to provide them with the nutrients needed to first, maintain basic body functions and grow a calf, and second, to make milk! It’s very tricky because each nutrient usually functions the best within a certain range, and some nutrients inversely affect others. It’s all a careful balance, like a teeter totter!
Next time I would like to go over body condition scoring, basically if a cow is too skinny or too fat – obviously something I will be looking at a lot as a nutritionist!
Soak up some sun!