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Feeding Value of Alternative Feeds for Your Herd

Feeding Value of Alternative Feeds for Your Herd

By Edmond Curtin, B.Agr.Sc,

Dairygold Area Sales Manager

Your cows diet can be made up of; grass silage, cereal silages (wholecrop wheat, barley, triticale), maize silage, concentrates, straw, hay, wet feeds (brewer grain, traordgold), fodder beet, rape, kale; to mention a few.

When trying to establish the value of a feed source we must take the energy (UFL) and protein (PDI) content into account. For example, valuing fodder beet on energy only will give a valuation of €41 pet Tn (after losses) vs Barley. Valuing fodder beet from an energy and protein standpoint vs barley and soya would give a valuation of €39 pet Tn (after losses). It is important to consider both when assessing

For more information please contact your Dairygold Area Sales Manager or our Inside Sales Team on 022-31644.

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