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Sharing the latest scientific insights

Improving feed efficiency is key to reduce cost and lower methane production

Sharing the latest scientific insights

Improving feed efficiency is key to reduce cost and lower methane production

The costs of the feed ration account for approximately 60% of all the variable costs involved in milk production of dairy cows.

Increasing feed efficiency will therefore reduce the costs per liter of milk produced. Next to that, there is a high correlation between feed efficiency and methane production.

Pieter van Goor shared his insgihts in his presentation entitled “CRV’s route to a healthier and more efficient herd” the impact of breeding strategies for feed efficiency. A breeding programme for feed efficiency can result in a reduction of 10% of feed costs.

Dr. Mike Hutjens from the University of Illinois discussed in his presentation entitled “Nutritional strategies to optimize feed efficiency of dairy cows” how nutritional strategies aiming at maximizing dry matter intake and protein efficiency can reduce feed costs and methane emission per kg of milk produced.

This webinar, organised together with CRV, has been presented on January 19, 2022. Videos of this webinar will be shared soon.

Our specialists on this topic...

"CRV’s route to a healthier and more efficient herd"

Pieter van Goor

Pieter van Goor is working at the Innovation and Genetics department of CRV. In the beginning of his career he was working as breeding specialist in the field for 15 years. At that time he created the most used Red & White bull ever, namely Kian.

After that he was managing the Delta nucleus for 10 years. Famous bulls like Paramount, Fidelity, Atlantic and G-Force were created in that time. Then he became head of the Genetic Development department of CRV for 5 years. In 2015 he started as project manager the Feed-intake project of CRV. On 5 commercial dairy farms with in total 2000 milking cows CRV is collecting feed intake data.

"Nutritional strategies to optimize feed efficiency of dairy cows"

Dr. Mike Hutjens
University of Illinois, Urbana

Mike Hutjens was raised grade Holstein farm near Green Bay, Wisconsin. His bachelor, masters, and Ph.D. degrees were awarded from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

From 1971 to 1979, Dr. Hutjens was extension dairy specialist at the University of Minnesota where he coached the national champion team in 1978 at the World Dairy Expo. Since 1979, he has been a member of the University of Illinois Animal Sciences Departments as extension dairy specialist. He speaks at 60 to 70 meetings at conferences in 46 states, 17 foreign countries, and nine Canadian provinces. Mike writes feed columns for Hoard's Dairyman, Progressive Dairyman, and hosts the Hoard’s Dairy monthly webinars.

Mike resides in Savoy, IL, with his wife, Carol and five children and seven grandchildren. Mike served six years in the U.S. Army Reserve and retired from the University of Illinois on Dec 31, 2010.

Check out some of our earlier webinars...