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The fertilisation time is ideal to determine your roughage strategy! And more.

mon, 29 feb 2016
With spring right around the corner and the dung pits full, most dairy farmers are ready to start application on the land. This time, just before the spring application of fertiliser, is an ideal time to determine the feed strategy for the coming year. How much roughage is required in your business, and how many hectares are available? Two main business types can be discerned, each requiring a specific feeding strategy: extensive and intensive companies.

Extensive farms are able to produce plenty of roughage. This farm type benefits from producing roughage with a high nutritional value. Producing a maximum milk quantity from roughage allows them to lower the cost. In respect of grass, this means mowing early for a higher protein content and better digestibility. In respect of green maize, this type of farm will choose a variety with a high cob ratio and excellent digestibility.

Intensive farms, on the other hand, must buy more feed. Buying feed concentrates is currently often more cost-efficient than buying roughage. For this group of farms, maximisation of per hectare yield may be the most interesting option. The ration can then be supplemented with a higher share of feed concentrates from compound feed or feed concentrates ingredients.

Nuscience has a range of mineral feedstuffs available for each ration, with optimal coverage of the minerals, trace elements and vitamin requirements. For intensive farms in particular, application of a digestibility enhancer is interesting. Enhancing digestion of the large mass of roughage helps produce the maximum quantity of milk per hectare.

Please ask your Nuscience contact for the possibilities!

In addition to extensive or intensive, other factors play a role in fertilisation, such as pasturing.