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Her race is nearly ran! Its been a slog, especially of late but the average cow has still c. 500-700 litres more to give.
Milk price this year is poorer than last year but 500 ltrs at 40c a ltr is still worth €200 per cow or €20,000 for a 100 cow herd.
Ok, that’s not all margin, but if your cows are producing 14 ltrs, your margin over feed costs will be €1.22 if you’re cows are fully indoors on grass silage and €2.20 per day if you’re still feeding some grazed grass. That’s a margin after feed costs from €1700 to €3000 for a 100 cow herd for 14 days of milk.
Possible diets and margin over feed costs (0 BCS gain or loss):
|Grass + Silage||Silage Only|
|Grass (kg DM)||6||–|
|Silage intake (kg Fresh)||25||50|
|Parlour Feed (kg)||Margin Over Feed Costs €/Day||Parlour Feed (kg)||Margin Over Feed Costs €/Day|
|10 ltrs Milk Yield||1.5||€1.34||2.5||€0.36|
|14 ltrs Milk Yield||3.5||€2.20||4.5||€1.22|
|18 ltrs Milk Yield||5.5||€3.06||6.5||€2.08|
25 kg fresh grass = 1 round bale to 30 cows. *Allow for 0 BCS change, if your cows need to gain 0.25 BCS add 1kg of concentrates to the recommended rate. Grass UFL (DM)= 0.9, Silage UFL (DM) = 0.78 (70 DMD), Concentrates UFL = 0.95. Concentrate price = €370/Tn. Milk value 40c/ltr to reflect solids
If you need feed advice for late lactation feeding get in contact with your local Area Sales Manager Today!!!