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Driving feed efficiency to cut costs? It’s not just feeding that matters

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Poor feed efficiency is costing many milk producers 1.5-2.5ppl, yet recouping that loss requires both attention to detail and a focus that goes beyond feeding.

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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.

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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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Using a moist feed during the summer will help support margins

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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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Good rumen function helps maximise milk from forage and margins

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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.