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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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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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Minimising substitution rate key to maximum buffer feed returns

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Source: Dr Anna Sutcliffe, KW Nutritionist

With current milk prices offering the opportunity for most to boost profits, understanding how to maximise returns from buffer feeding is critical this autumn.

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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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Invest in autumn feeding or risk loss of yield once cows housed

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Source: Mark Scott, KW Senior Nutritionist

Losing body condition due to inadequate feeding as grazing intakes drop will cut winter milk income by more than the cost of feeding to fully support autumn production.

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Maintain early lactation summer feeding to safeguard winter milk

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Source: Dr Anna Sutcliffe, KW Nutritionist

Maintaining nutrient intakes for early and mid-lactation cows through late summer and early autumn is essential to safeguard winter milk production and profitability.

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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.