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Fermentation efficiency and feed choice key to IOFC this winter

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Source: Charlotte Ward, KW Nutritionist

With limited forage stocks on most units, fine tuning rations to maximise rumen efficiency will need to be a top priority for milk producers this winter.

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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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Secure winter feeds now to replace silage fed this summer

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Source: Samuel Wellock, KW Nutritionist

High demand means supplies of the best value winter feeds are selling out fast, but quick action to secure contracts now could see margins actually increase.

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Summer growth critical to heifer performance post-calving

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Source: Charlotte Ward, KW Nutritionist

Maintaining summer heifer growth is vital for 22-24 month calving, with any extra feed cost far less than the losses associated with later entry into the herd.

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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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Plan now to minimise performance loss to heat stress this summer

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Source: Samuel Wellock, KW Nutritionist

With heat stress capable of reducing feed intake, butterfats and milk yields even at 20°C, changes to rations and herd management are essential to maintain milk output.

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Acidosis at turnout a major threat to rumen function and profitability

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Source: Charlotte Ward, KW Nutritionist

Failing to correctly balance the nutrients in spring grass with effective buffer feeding will reduce feed efficiency, milk from forage and income over feed costs (IOFC).

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

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Source: Charlotte Ward, KW Nutritionist

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*.

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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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Ten steps to more efficient rations that lower feed costs

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Source: Dr Matt Witt, KW Nutritionist

Poorly designed and presented rations can lose milk producers as much as 1.5-2.5ppl, yet with greater attention to ration detail much of that can be regained.