How Efficient is Your Ration?
USU Dairy Extension Newsletter
Efficiency is the name of the game right now. It is a measure of how many pounds of milk you are getting for each pound of dry matter that you feed your cows. This was the take-home message from Dr. Mike Hutjens' talk at the IFA meetings. It has also become important to dairy farmers now that Rumensin has been legalized for lactating cows. If you understand the claim that comes with this product, you realize that you need to be calculating feed efficiency or you may not know if it is working for your cows. In addition, there are 19 different feed additives on the market that all make claims of success for your cows. The following is a reminder of how to go about doing this on your dairy given the several management constraints in feeding cows.
Young, A.J. 2005. How efficient is your ration? USU Dairy Extension Newsletter Vol. 28, No. 2: (March 2005).