With reports of farmers currently having 25-40% less silage than normal and some cattle who are already eating into that supply, to buffer performance, it is extremely unlikely that the higher dry matter forage will fully compensate for the lack of volume.
On the basis that fodder and concentrate feeding is going to be more expensive this winter, preplanning will be even more valuable than usual, says Robert Logan Livestock Business Consultant, SAC Consulting. Whilst energy and protein drive performance, the first major concern is ensuring enough forage dry matter. For that reason, it is best to calculate feeding days available in order to judge what to do next.
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