Feed Costs; Management Tips

Evaluating Feed Effciency For Your Dairy's Profitability

Evaluating Feed Efficiency For Your Dairy's Profitability

3/31/2022

In dairy cows, feed efficiency is the amount of milk produced per pound of dry matter consumed. In other words, it helps producers understand how efficiently their cows are transforming feed into milk.

Calculating feed costs can result in more cost-efficient rations, while calculating feed efficiency can help producers more objectively evaluate rations and production over time. This is especially important when input costs are high but returns are low.

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Using a Feed Additive Audit to Control Feed Costs

Using a Feed Additive Audit to Control Feed Costs

3/30/2022

On the modern dairy operation, feed costs are the highest input expense, making up 40% to 60% of all expenses.

In order to maximize feed dollars spent, dairy operations purchase and harvest high-quality forages, store them properly, look to reduce shrink and practice good feedbunk management. They are also tuned into the marketplace so, when they lock in feed contracts, they know they are getting the best possible price. And yet, while feed costs will vary year to year, the nutrients a cow needs to produce high-quality milk don’t change. It’s that reality that makes it hard to cut feed costs when necessary or control feed costs month to month. However, ration ingredients beyond the macro- and micronutrient needs can and should be examined regularly.  With that in mind, let’s look at how you can audit feed additives in a ration to help balance your feed bill with your herd’s nutrient needs.

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