Feeding during Tight Times
Cheap feeds are often low in energy, protein and other essential nutrients and are unlikely to meet your cows’ nutritional requirements. Also reducing concentrate feeding in the bail maybe achievable as long as you don’t cut your cows short on dry matter intake (DMI).
Inadequate DMI or feeding low quality feed will reduce the intake of energy and other nutrients, which can impact on body condition, herd health, fertility, and cow performance now and in the next lactation.
In summary, cheap feeds or reducing concentrate feeding are not always the answers to maintaining profitability. Seriously assess any cheap feed to see if it meets your cows’ nutritional requirements. Maintain adequate DMI so that your cows remain productive and healthy!
Remember, tough times like the current situation will come and go but your cows need to remain healthy and productive at all times and therefore make you money.
For more information, speak to your CopRice representative Free call 1800 267 742.