How many pounds of feed does a cow eat in a day?

Dairy August 13, 2007 Print Friendly and PDF
High producing dairy cows will eat 110 to 120 pounds of wet feed a day or 50 to 55 pounds of dry matter (DM) a day. As cows produce more milk, they eat more. A typical diet for a dairy cow could include about 30 to 35 pounds of baled hay (26-30 pounds DM) and 25 pounds of grain mix (22 pounds DM). Grain includes corn, soybean meal, minerals, and vitamins. Dave Fischer, Extension Dairy Educator, University of Illinois - Illini DairyNET and Mike Hutjens, Extension Dairy Specialist, University of Illinois - Illini DairyNET

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.