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Poorly targeted nutrition risks beef penalties of up to £200/head

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Source: Samuel Wellock, KW Nutritionist

Losses due to out-of-specification carcases is a major drain on finishing margins, but can be largely avoided by better matching rations to cattle requirements.

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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 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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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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Planning at least 1-2 seasons ahead critical for good feed buying

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Source: Chris Davidson, KW Senior Trader

The volatility of modern feed markets means good forward plans, accurate market information and strategic forward buying are key to controlling costs and risk.

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Creating efficient diets the key to lowering overall beef feed costs

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Source: Dr Matt Witt, KW Nutritionist

Beef finishing units that don’t make best use of the feeds available by combining them into highly efficient, high value feeding systems could be losing up to £90/head.

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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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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.