Organic Corn Silage, Potential Medicine for Dairy Cows?


Almost everyone wants to eat healthy, and some folks really do eat healthy!  Researchers are constantly reminding us about the health benefits of antioxidants, but did you know that they are good for dairy cows too?  

Texas A&M AgriLife Researchers at the Lubbock and Stephenville Research and Extension Centers as well as Tarleton State University are conducting a dairy cow feeding research trial with a new high anthocyanin corn silage variety.  Anthocyanins are a class of compounds that may offer anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and anti-cancer benefits – to dairy cows.  This means that as the dairyman feeds his cows, they are eating feeds that will reduce long term health issues and keep the cows healthy and productive longer.  

This corn silage variety is NON-GMO and has been developed specifically for organic dairies in Texas.  Texas A&M AgriLife has the license for the technology and is working with both the Texas Corn Producers Board and a private company to research the dairy cow benefits.  Stay tuned for future results of this study!

Author: Bob Whitney, Regents Fellow & Extension Organic Specialist

Agriculturalist, extension educator and researcher, organic agriculture enthusiast and promoter, international program developer, Christian, husband, father and friend.

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