Feeding cattle indoors is a fine art and it is often discussed that there 3 possible diets a cow might be eating:
Often, problems with poor feed intake are as simple as looking at the feed face.
Three of the most common issues found when feeding cows are:
The easiest way to assess suitability of a feed face is to watch cattle feeding.
Are smaller animals being pushed out of the way or hanging back rather than coming up to eat? The best time to assess this is straight after milking, or when fresh food has been placed out as this is when there demand on space. Check the animals' necks for signs of rub marks/ sores which may indicate the neck rail is too low, or animals are reaching forward to feed, perhaps because the feed isn't being pushed up often enough.