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Summer milk quality drop-off a threat to income over feed costs

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Source: Charlotte Ward, KW Nutritionist

Improved feeding and herd management are key to reducing summer milk quality drop-offs that affect even housed herds, and can cut milk price by more than 3ppl*.

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Intake consistency a critical factor in reducing feed costs per litre

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Source: Dr Anna Sutcliffe, KW Nutritionist

Attention to detail is the key to minimising ration inconsistency, which can negatively impact rumen efficiency, feed costs per litre and herd performance.

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Ten steps to more efficient rations that lower feed costs

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Source: Dr Matt Witt, KW Nutritionist

Poorly designed and presented rations can lose milk producers as much as 1.5-2.5ppl, yet with greater attention to ration detail much of that can be regained.

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Making feed efficiency a priority is critical to beef unit profitability

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Source: Charlotte Ward, KW Nutritionist

Beef cattle convert feed into LWG so much more efficiently when young that to drive early growth and finish sooner are two of the best ways to improve margins.

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Planning at least 1-2 seasons ahead critical for good feed buying

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Source: Chris Davidson, KW Senior Trader

The volatility of modern feed markets means good forward plans, accurate market information and strategic forward buying are key to controlling costs and risk.

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Optimise post-calving management to maximise cow profitability

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Source: Dr Matt Witt, KW Nutritionist

Management and nutrition during the first eight weeks in milk are just as critical to lactation performance, cow health and fertility as the pre-calving period.