Feed efficiency: How could you save money by making better silage?

Improving milk from forage and silage is a key goal for many farms. But how could this benefit the business financially? Dr Sophie Parker-Norman, head of research and development into animal nutrition at Volac discusses.

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A full farm approach to sustainability is becoming increasingly important for running a profitable dairy farm, says Dr Sophie Parker-Norman, head of research and development into animal nutrition at Volac.

Feed efficiency: How could you save money by making better silage?

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Ensiling practices that preserve more quality into silage – including more metabolisable energy (ME) – give you the nutritional option of either aiming for maximised production or pursuing a greater income over bought-in feed cost.

Dr Sophie Parker-Norman

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Improving milk from forage and silage is a key goal for many farms. But how could this benefit the business financially?

A full farm approach to sustainability is becoming increasingly important for running a profitable dairy farm, says Dr Sophie Parker-Norman, head of research and development into animal nutrition at Volac.

In our volatile world, she says farms need to be able to navigate changing scenarios.

The weather is the most obvious one of these,” says Dr Parker-Norman. “Another is milk price. But another is the cost of feed ingredients.

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