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

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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*.

Some quality reduction is inevitable, but boosting milk solids production can reduce losses and help maintain income over feed costs.

Recheck milk supply contracts to determine payments, thresholds and penalties, then review overall management to remove anything limiting feed access, quality or intake.

Boost rumen energy supply and microbial protein output to raise milk proteins, and rumen fermentation of fibre to lift butterfats. Top up with rumen-bypass fat and protein as needed.

“…boosting milk solids production can reduce losses and help maintain…IOFC.”

Key facts & figures:

  • Increasing day length raises yields but dilutes milk protein and butterfat

  • DEFRA figures show average UK milk composition reductions of 0.2-0.3%

  • Diet nutrient profile key, but so too is feed access, quality and intake

  • Use starch from SodaWheat to boost proteins while minimising SARA risk

  • Digestible fibre from Traffordgold will promote milk fat production

  • Top up with SoyPass and Butterfat Extra to fully support nutrient needs

* Prices correct at the time of writing and subject to change. Unless otherwise stated, all prices quoted are for 29t tipped bulk loads delivered on-farm within 50 miles of origin.

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