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The Role of Feed Costs in Livestock Farming


Facing all the challenges of today´s globalized markets and rising production prices means that you, as livestock farmers, are forced more than ever to enhance the profitability of your operation in order to stay competitive. The best possible way to achieve that is by increasing the output while decreasing the production costs. It’s easy to say, but how can this be done in practice?

Cost structure of milk production

Taking a closer look at how costs are divided in milk production, it becomes obvious that animal feed is the most cost-intensive factor. The example below from Northern Germany illustrates just what a large percentage of overall cost feed represents.

Production costs of 1,007 farms in Schleswig-Holstein 2011/12

Source: LWK Schleswig-Holstein

The feed costs, consisting of the basic ration (grass silage, maize silage or hay) and concentrates, account for approximately half of the total costs. The basic ration alone accounts for approximately 30%!

High quality forage makes the difference

High quality forage can easily save 3-4 ct of feed costs per kg EMCMilk, corrected to an identical energy content in order to be able to compare milk with different fat and protein contents.. This can be crucial for profitable milk production and is therefore one of the essential factors which can make the difference between a successful and less profitable farm.

A crucial question for both dairy and beef farmers

Percentagewise, the contribution to total production cost of the general feed costs (and in particular the cost of the basic ration) will differ little between dairy and meat production units. Both producers have to pay equal attention to the basic ration and so to the quality of forage produced. Only in this way can a high basic feed intake be achieved, and it is this which is a precondition for decreasing feeding costs as well as increasing animal performance.

Consequentially, a basic understanding of the forage harvest and conservation process, together with a detailed knowledge of the quality, yields and losses of your forage can only help you get the most from your farm!

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