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More accurate feeding can cut pollution and boost margins

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Source: Dr Anna Sutcliffe, KW Nutritionist

Upcoming targets to reduce atmospheric pollution will require improved nitrogen use efficiency within the dairy sector, and better feeding has a key role to play.

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Liquid protein opportunity to boost beef ration value and margins

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Source: Dr Anna Sutcliffe, KW Nutritionist

Poor feed choice can add 10–15p/head to daily feed costs, reduce carcase quality and increase finishing times, seriously undermining beef margins.

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Failing to support summer grazing butterfats could lose up to 1ppl

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Source: Dr Anna Sutcliffe, KW Nutritionist

Avoid summer butterfat drop and potential milk income losses by taking steps to formulate balanced rations, avoid SARA and minimise the impact of heat stress.

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Failing to balance intensive beef rations is putting margins at risk

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Source: Dr Anna Sutcliffe, KW Nutritionist

Poorly balanced intensive beef finishing rations can reduce growth rates, extend finishing times and cut margin over feed, particularly if overloaded with starch.

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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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Minimising substitution rate key to maximum buffer feed returns

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Source: Dr Anna Sutcliffe, KW Nutritionist

With current milk prices offering the opportunity for most to boost profits, understanding how to maximise returns from buffer feeding is critical this autumn.

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Act now to redress energy deficit to get cows back on track

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Source: Dr Anna Sutcliffe, KW Nutritionist

As continuing energy deficits threaten to hold back milk production this winter, adjusting rations to increase energy intakes is vital if cows are to get back on target.

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Missing early growth potential undermines beef profitability

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Source: Dr Anna Sutcliffe, KW Nutritionist

Missing early growth potential in late-maturing beef cattle due to low ration protein quality extends finishing, increases feed requirements and reduces margins.

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Maintain early lactation summer feeding to safeguard winter milk

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Source: Dr Anna Sutcliffe, KW Nutritionist

Maintaining nutrient intakes for early and mid-lactation cows through late summer and early autumn is essential to safeguard winter milk production and profitability.

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Take control and fine tune to rebuild lost margin

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Source: Dr Anna Sutcliffe, KW Nutritionist

Poorly considered cutting of feed inputs in reaction to recent milk price cuts could see any gains quickly overtaken by losses in cow performance, health and fertility.