Efficiency

measuring feed intake

Feed efficiency is the missing link

category Efficiency
SERIES feed efficiency
Just a minor improvement in the milk yield from a kilo of feed has a significant impact on a farm’s financial results. So, it’s hardly surprising that the feed sector and the breeding world are both investing heavily in efforts to boost feed efficiency per farm and at cow level. This series of three articles in Veeteelt outlines the developments.

This is part 2: Breeding

Breeding organisations are investing heavily in collecting feed intake data in order to calculate r…

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feed efficiency

Feed efficiency gives insight into farm management

category Efficiency
SERIES feed efficiency

Just a minor improvement in the milk yield from a kilo of feed has a significant impact on a farm’s financial results. So, it’s hardly surprising that the feed sector and the breeding world are both investing heavily in efforts to boost feed efficiency per farm and at cow level. This series of three articles in Veeteelt outlines the developments.

This is part 1: Feed

Robust data collection of the loaded and fed ration enables feed specialists to reveal feed efficiency at f…

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‘Improved feed efficiency cuts my feed costs by €60,000’

category Efficiency

CRV recently installed 40 roughage intake control feeders at Wietse Duursma’s dairy farm in Bellingwolde. These feeders measure the individual feed intake of the herd of 300 dairy cows. The measurements are vitally important in revealing the genetic variation in feed efficiency and further improving breeding values.

‘By working toward better feed efficiency, I can cut my feed costs by 2 cents per kilo of milk in the long term’, says Duursma. ‘As I supply three million kilos of milk every year, that converts to a financial gain of € 60,000.’ Duursma also mentions th…

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CRV bulls: new stars and proven chart toppers

CRV aims to contribute to a future-proof and sustainable dairy sector by helping farmers to breed healthy and efficient cows. In this index run, CRV presents many bulls with the ability to transmit these traits to their progeny. The results are a better life for the animals, added value for the farmers and respect for our environment. We are proud of our bulls, but above all proud of all farmers! 
All-round profile with positive bonuses for fat and protein
Barnkamper Majestic (s. Simba) offers a wonderful production profile (1295 kg) combined with good health traits…

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Average lifetime production per cow leaps by more than 1200 kg

A huge leap forward in the lifetime production achieved by cows at culling has been revealed in the 2018-2019 financial year. Compared with the previous financial year, lifetime production has increased by 1210 kg of milk and 96 kg of fat and protein. This is the first time that such a significant difference has been shown in two consecutive financial years. At culling, Dutch cows now note lifetime production that averages 31,553 kg of milk, with 1371 kg of fat and 1120 kg of protein. A combination of a longer productive life and higher milk production is behind this i…

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