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Feed choice for extra ration sugars critical to IOFC this winter

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Source: Mark Scott, KW Senior Nutritionist

Ration sugars will be cricital to maximising feed efficiency and milk from forage this winter, yet most UK dairy diets currently fall short of the required minimum.

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Rethink feeding to lower costs without damaging milk output

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Source: Mark Scott, KW Senior Nutritionist

Even with lower purchased feed use whilst grazing, poor feed choice could be costing milk producers 1ppl or more this summer, with many losing more than they gain.

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Using a moist feed during the summer will help support margins

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Source: Mark Scott, KW Senior Nutritionist

Dairy producers cutting costs during the summer can make feed choices which harm margins, by relying solely on parlour compounds or failing to offer sufficient feed alongside grazed grass.

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Correct starch choice critical to cow performance this winter

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Source: Mark Scott, KW Senior Nutritionist

Failing to correctly match starch feeds to forage quality this winter risks triggering acidosis, cutting milk from forage and reducing income over feed costs.

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Good rumen function helps maximise milk from forage and margins

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Source: Mark Scott, KW Senior Nutritionist

Maximising milk from forage by balancing rations to best support rumen function is the key to both lower feed costs per litre and higher margins this winter.

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Correct nutrient supply the key to maximising milk from forage

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Source: Mark Scott, KW Senior Nutritionist

Overestimating milk yield from grazing and failing to balance nutrient supply to the rumen can cut yields, butterfats, and income this summer and next winter.

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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.

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Suckler calf creep feeding essential to avoid losses

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Source: Sean Roddy, KW Nutritionist

Failing to creep feed suckler calves will extend finishing times, raise overall feed requirements, increase post-weaning growth checks and reduce cow fertility.