Maize silage is regarded as a popular and low-cost source of starch and fibre. Provided you make allowances for its nutritional limitations, this feed option can be used as a profitable supplement for any dairy system.
The profitability of a dairy farm largely hinges on the herd’s lactation period. It’s an obvious area for improvement, yet often remains overlooked. Paul Sharp makes a compelling case for optimising the days in milk.
Dairy cows deliver the most for your business when they are at peak lactation, so keeping them at this level for as long as possible makes good economic sense. While some decline is inevitable, most of the fall-off in production we see usually comes from issues related to feed quality and quantity. Understanding what drives this fall in lactation yield is the first step to reversing the productivity slump.