Efficiency

Feed efficiency requires the correct context

category 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 3: In practice.

Are Jersey cows more efficient at converting feed than Holsteins and is there a variance in the feed efficiency rates of h…

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‘Being economical with feed has never been so important’

Recently, 30 feeders were installed at Gerard Meerkerk’s farm in Emmer-Compascuum. These feeders are used by CRV to measure the individual feed intake of the 200-head herd on the dairy farm. This data is vitally important in revealing the genetic variation in feed efficiency and further improving breeding values. In the words of Gerard Meerkerk: ‘Being economical with feed has never been so important’.
Two cents lower feed costs
Meerkerk’s farm is the fifth location where feed intake is being measured by CRV. Together with four other farms in the Netherlands, he help…

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2 100-tonner cows

40,000 100-tonner cows in 30 years

The accolade ’100-tonner’ has been around for 30 years in the Netherlands. In that time more than 40,000 cows have smashed the magic barrier of 100,000 kilos of milk production, including members of Flemish herds. The number of 10-tonners is also growing rapidly. Last year, the tally clocked up the 3400th cow with 10,000 kilos of fat and protein.

Text by Inge van Drie

They are popular, widely read pages in Veeteelt magazine: the monthly publication of the latest names to reach the 10 and 100 tonne milestones. Which farms have added a 10-tonner to their herds? Whi…

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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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