Good feed management can lower costs
19 February 2019

Good feed management can lower costs

As a livestock farmer, you want to have an insight into the cost price. If you know that feed costs represent around 30% to 40% of the total cost, it is clear that you must keep an eye on this at all times. There are often a whole host of things that can be improved, even if you use precise amounts of feed. The key word is 'control'. If you know exactly how much feed you need and can offer exact amounts of rations each and every time, you can purchase feed in a controlled and targeted manner. But how do you ensure that you get control and, more importantly, keep it? A sound feed management programme is essential for this. 

Discover where improvements can be made

A feed management programme simply compares the rations determined and programmed in advance to the amount of feed actually delivered. With this data you, as a livestock farmer, can see exactly where the difference lies and thus where improvements can be made. You get insight into forage and feed concentrate costs compared to yield. Using these insights you can start to make strategic adjustments and feed your livestock more accurately. By doing so, you can save more than 4% on your daily feed costs. 

Save 4% on your daily feed costs

If you know precisely how much of each component must be used in the feed to achieve a particular result, you can really make it work for you. The broader the feed management programme, the better you can control the feed process and the more grip you have on your costs. We offer a Basic feed management programme, which facilitates the programming of rations and creates two important reports. These reports show the dry matter uptake per cow, allowing you to see the loading precision at a glance so that you gain an overview of the scheduled rations and the quantity of feed actually loaded. 

 

Insight in load precision, residual amount of feed and feed costs

Extended feed management programmes offering a whole host of valuable information are also available. This includes the rations, dry matter uptake and load precision as well as the residual amount of feed and the stocks of forage and feed concentrate based on the rations used. Graphs instantly provide an overview of the feed costs and the average costs over a given period. Furthermore, some feed management programmes can be linked to other business management systems. In that case, the feed data can be linked, for example, to milk production and the feed efficiency can be determined easily. In short, it answers one of the most important questions: what is the return? 

Using the knowledge you gain from your feed management system, you can have an impact on your company results. This gives you control of feed and production, which means you are in control of your farm's efficiency and how to make the best use of your feed.