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Friday 28th June 2013.
Michael Priestley - Editor

Michael Priestley

Dairying: The Daily Bet that Milk is Worth More than Feed

Put simply, dairy farming is a bet that milk is more valuable than feed and, at times of soaring feed prices, cost to litre mathematics is improved by getting cows to produce more milk.

These were the words of Dr John Fetrow, an American Veterinary Surgeon and award winning farm business economist when addressing the Large Herd Seminar in Gloucestershire this week.

While addressing the audience of farmers, dairy managers, vets, nutritionists and consultants, Dr Fetrow made it clear that backing cows to produce is the mind-set needed on large scale dairies.

“A lot people make the mistake of reducing feed costs by running a high cow feeding group and a low cow group,” said Dr Fetrow. “The key to success is to make more milk, if you feed cows like high producers then they will produce more.”

If this turns out to fail then this is because of on farm problems which need solving, otherwise there is very little to be said for putting a cow in the low group and losing 3-4 litres of milk a day to save on feed, reasoned Dr Fetrow. 

“Roughly speaking, today’s prices in the UK put high group feed costs at £5 per head/day and low group cows at a little over £3 per head/day. This relies on a saving of £1.75 or more on feed.

“A cow will not eat more energy to keep her energy up, this doesn't work because feed tends to be too high in Neutral Detergent Fibre (NDF),” added Dr Fetrow.

Consequently the rumen becomes full and the feed intake drops, with one costly implication – milk yield drops.

This, Dr Fetrow explained, is a product of balancing cost sheets for the production of cows, a common problem in herd economics.

“People give up immense income by balancing for the production of cows, this cannot be done in the name of cost control,” warned Dr Fetrow. “When altering rations, do not limit the energy intake of your cows, taking care of rumen health is paramount but you need to push feed to get the most out of your herd.”

Energy and carbohydrates must be maintained, urged Dr Fetrow, adding that proteins and nutrients can be adjusted to save money, such as Choline.

Aside from yields, Dr Fetrow explained that other benefits of adequate feeding impact on immune status, lameness prevention, reproduction and longevity, all economically important issues in a large dairy. 

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Daily Dairy Trading: June Class III Edges Lower to $18.02
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Minister Supports Drought Hit Graziers
Daily Dairy Trading: June Class III Closes Down to $18.01
NFU 'Deeply Disappointed' In House Failure to Pass Farm Bill
House of Representatives Blocks Farm Bill


Exports Rising to Meet Increasing Dairy Consumption

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CAP Plans Will 'Damage Farming, Reduce Food Production'
'No Justification' for Scottish Demands to Receive More CAP Money
UK Votes on Common Agricultural Policy Reform
NFU President at Heart of CAP Battle
Livestock Event: Strong Interest in Livestock Classes
Countdown to Livestock Event
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Livestock Event: Stamping out rural crime
Peter Kendall: 'Land Agents Must Help British Farming'
Livestock Event to Host NFU Dairy Campaign Launch
Quark Impresses At International Event


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FAO Meeting Discusses Water and Food Security
Rise in Animal Health Research Documented
FAO Statistical Yearbook Paints Picture of Food, Agriculture


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   European Union

Political Agreement Reached on New Direction for CAP
EFSA Reports on Listeria Levels in Certain Ready-to-eat Foods
EFSA Consults over Renewal of Feed Additive Permits
Luxembourg Council Meeting Focused on CAP Reform
Producers Call House Vote 'Fiscally Reckless'


Government Prepares to Limit Whey Imports


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Genetic Variation Impacts Vitamin B12 in Milk
Breeding Consortium Appoints De Geus as Director
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Ministries Move on Dairy Product Safety
EU, China Cooperate on Brucellosis Control


India Retains Status as World Leader in Milk Production


FMD: Three Futher Outbreaks Confirmed in South East Zimbabwe


Italy Requested to Recover Surplus Levies from Dairy Producers

   Costa Rica

OIE Declares Costa Rica As 'Controlled' BSE Risk

   New Zealand

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   South Africa

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