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Partnership puts spotlight on dairy feed efficiency

Published: Thu 11 Jun 2015 09:57 PM
Partnership puts spotlight on dairy feed efficiency
Feed supplier GrainCorp Feeds has teamed up with independent research and technical specialists Dairy Club to help New Zealand dairy farmers using supplementary feed to achieve maximum profit this season.
Farmers working with GrainCorp Feeds will have access to Dairy Club’s online milk prediction tool, Tracker™, which measures current milk production and shows how they can achieve maximum gain.
Dairy Club research shows that about $200,000 of efficiency and productivity gains for the average farm can be achieved using Tracker™, which is the equivalent to adding over $1.50 to the milk price.
“At a time of lower payout, we feel it is more important than ever to focus on how we can help farmers achieve profitable milk production,” said GrainCorp Feeds general manager Daniel Calcinai.
“Our team will be working with customers to identify the potential on their farms and work on cost effective options for productivity, health and fertility for the short, medium and longer term”
GrainCorp Feeds’ territory managers will be able to use Tracker™ to show farmers what’s happening on their farm, where the gaps are, and then make recommendations for feeding, including when to feed, what to feed, and what that means to them financially.
Dairy Club’s James Hague said the type of feeds used are critical to achieving better feed conversion efficiency from the whole diet.
“In the end, Tracker™ helps farmers plan and measure feed conversion efficiency and the margins they are making. They’ll see their progress week-by-week which will allow them to make changes quickly to maximise their production.”
Mr Calcinai added that it is essential that the investment farmers make into supplementary feed achieves a good return, otherwise it is just a cost.
“This is why we are investing in tools and systems that give our customers the option of increasing support to achieve profitable results,” he said.
Farmers wishing to see what GrainCorp Feeds can do for them this season should call 0800 300 313 or can visit them on their site at Fieldays.
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