Feeding high yielding cows adequate rations to maintain both yield and milk quality increases income from milk production.
Feeding lower yielding cows less meal can result in substantially lower feed bills!
Planned post calving feeding can result in improved overall cow fertility and improved herd margins.
Calculate feed amount on the basis of milk yield from:
Milk parlour milk meters
Official monthly milk recordings
Easy recording of milk yields in the parlour using a Palm PDA (Personal Digital Assistant) enables farmers who do not have electronic identification systems to be able to feed the cows to yield easily. This results in much better utilisation of feed – high yielding cows get fed more and maintain production for longer, while lower yielding cows get fed less, saving on feed costs and preventing the cows from becoming too fat.
Directly update feed controller with calculated feeds
Feed to yield is based on a number of parameters:
Days in milk
Maintenance plus value of other feeds
1st lactation animals can be different rates of feed from older cows
Feed cows not in calf different rate from cows which have been pregnancy diagnosed
Feed different rates of feed depending on cow group, e.g. cows in condition score group 2, condition score group 3 etc.
Maximum and Minimum feeds for groups.
Gradually increment feed amount immediately post calving.
Control either in parlour feeders, out of parlour feeders or both