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Fermentation efficiency and feed choice key to IOFC this winter

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Source: Charlotte Ward, KW Nutritionist

With limited forage stocks on most units, fine tuning rations to maximise rumen efficiency will need to be a top priority for milk producers this winter.

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Summer growth critical to heifer performance post-calving

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Source: Charlotte Ward, KW Nutritionist

Maintaining summer heifer growth is vital for 22-24 month calving, with any extra feed cost far less than the losses associated with later entry into the herd.

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Acidosis at turnout a major threat to rumen function and profitability

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Source: Charlotte Ward, KW Nutritionist

Failing to correctly balance the nutrients in spring grass with effective buffer feeding will reduce feed efficiency, milk from forage and income over feed costs (IOFC).

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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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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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Consider options now to counter impact of late autumn grazing

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Source: Charlotte Ward, KW Nutritionist

Milk producers are being urged to check feed stocks and consider contingency plans in case extended autumn grazing and minimal regrowth since housing delays turnout.