Maintaining a Profitable Milk Curve
Producing maximum milk to the genetic potential of the cow and getting her in-calf are two important goals in every dairy farmer’s mind. Grazing based dairy production requires smart management towards achieving a profitable milk curve and they include maximizing dry matter intake in early lactation cows, managing the body condition score, improving conception rate and maintaining good herd health.
After calving the fresh cows are adapting to physiological/metabolic changes and the resultant shift in hormones of milk production, appetite and feed nutrient partition. High quality pasture intake is crucial and if quality pasture is not available in sufficient quantities than targeted supplementation of cows’ diet in the form of a nutritionally balanced dairy pellet is highly desirable. The absence of balanced supplementation not only impacts on milk curve at the peak of lactation but through the entire lactation period. Sufficient amounts of Metabolisable Energy and Metabolisable Protein are essential for maximum milk production and condition score maintenance.
Cows can still be highly profitable milk producers in mid-lactation, however, a balanced approach to production and reproduction will be required. From mid-lactation a fair portion of dietary energy and protein is invested in foetal growth. Minerals and vitamin nutrition of late lactation cows must be looked at more closely as they are essential to boost immune status.
Understanding the lactation curve and feeding cows accordingly is important for a profitable dairying. CopRice Nutritionists are ready to assist you in managing a profitable milk curve. Please call CopRice on 1800 267 742.