An ambition to extend milk fats and protein yields in the direction of a mixed goal of 1000kg is driving a brand new dairy farming initiative led by Premier Nutrition.
The 1000kg Club helps its farmer members to construct data, share experiences and examine their progress, with a long-term intention to allow farms to produce any UK milk contract profitably.
“It’s a difficult goal and solely exceptionally wholesome and well-managed animals are capable of obtain these excessive ranges of manufacturing,” says Dr Andrew Pine, Premier Nutrition’s ruminant director.
“Animal welfare and vitamin are on the coronary heart of it, with membership members and their advisers trying to positive tune all areas of herd administration, utilizing our Transition Management System (TMS) as a barometer for enhancements. Advisers may also be capable to assist different farmers, drawing on what we be taught.”
Speaking at a digital launch occasion for the brand new initiative, Dr Mike Hutjens, dairy extension specialist on the University of Illinois, shared particulars concerning the high herd in Illinois, which averages 1171kg of mixed fats and protein.
“The herd has excessive genetic benefit, glorious cow consolation and good employees, following sensible working procedures, in addition to focused and balanced vitamin,” he stated. “While the cows are working very laborious, fertility stays glorious.”
Dr Hutjens calculated that each 0.1 improve in feed effectivity could make financial savings of round 30p per day, assuming 32kg milk produced and a price of 19p per kg dry matter.
Within the group, farmers want to obtain a herd common of 1000kg of mixed fats and protein in 305 days. Currently the highest 25% of UK herds are averaging 794kg of parts, from a complete milk yield of greater than 11,000kg.
The subsequent scheduled 1000kg Club assembly is on the finish of June.