Programme for Sustainable Dairy Farming
Improving Lifetime Daily Yield to make dairy farming more sustainable
Programme for Sustainable Dairy Farming
Improving Lifetime Daily Yield to make dairy farming sustainable
Improve feed efficiency of dairy cows to increase income over feed costs
The world population is still growing and most of the arable land available for farming is already being used. To make dairy farming more sustainable, it is estimated that by 2050, the production of food should double, while reducing the impact on the environment by 50%26.
For the dairy industry there is only one way to meet these 3 challenges:
Increasing Lifetime Daily Yield will help to reduce the environmental footprint, guarantee the health and welfare of animals and improve the financial performance of the dairy farmer.
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What's the impact of the
new 8th edition of the NASEM Dairy requirements?
This is what we would like to discuss together with you during our webinar on October 4. Join Dr. Bill Weiss, Ph.D, Professor, Department of Animal Sciences, The Ohio State University and Co-Chair of the NASEM Dairy Requirements Committee, who will address the changes to the trace minerals, macro minerals and vitamins sections of the new NASEM guidelines.
Monday, October 4 2021, 10:00 AM EST (16:00 PM CET)
Sustainable dairy production from a veterinary perspective
Sustainable dairy production starts with metabolic programming of dairy calves during the early rearing phase. The next 2 phases in the production cycle that have a great impact are the dry cow period and the transition to lactation. Once animals are beyond 30 days in milk, the only factor with a significant impact on milk production is the quality of the roughage.
Reduce the environmental footprint of dairy farming
Lifetime Daily Yield is key to reduce the environmental footprint
Studies carried out by the ILVO in Belgium19 have shown that the environmental impact and the use of natural resources of a dairy farm will be reduced if the number of youngstock can be reduced. If the age at first calving and the involuntary culling rate go down, the number of youngstock on a farm can be reduced and more cows producing milk can be kept.
The amount of energy per cow required for maintenance is fixed and not depending on production level. Therefore, if the production per cow goes up, less feed will be required per kg of milk produced.
Increasing the Lifetime Daily Yield will therefore reduce the environmental footprint of dairy farming.
Improve health and welfare of dairy cows
Increasing the resilience of dairy cows
Milk processors and consumers of milk show an increasing interest in the health and welfare of dairy cows. Many of the disease problems seen in modern dairy cows are related to a sub-optimal transition to lactation7,27,28. The metabolic diseases, lameness and mastitis often seen in the period immediately after calving have a strong negative impact on productivity and animal welfare.
The HealthyLife programme helps you to improve health and welfare of dairy cows, resulting in a smooth transition to lactation.
Provide the farmer of today and future generations with a healthy income
Improving feed efficiency
Financial profitability of dairy farming is under continuous pressure. Dairy farming can only be sustainable if farmers can earn a living, now and in the future. One of the most important financial parameters on a dairy farm is income over feed costs. To improve this parameter, feed efficiency should be improved.
The HealthyLife programme helps you to improve feed efficiency
Calculate your profit!
See how sustainable dairy farming will result in more profitability of your farm
In contrast to common belief, it is very well possible to run a farm in a sustainable way while generating a healthy income.
Calculate your profit by influencing the 4 key HealthyLife indicators that help improve the Lifetime Daily Yield on your farm.
Make milk production more sustainable by increasing Lifetime Daily Yield
To achieve a Lifetime Daily Yield of at least 20kg of milk per day, the following targets must be reached19,21,22,23,24,25.
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Making sustainable dairy farming profitable
Science-based solutions for optimum dairy performance
Adding Selko LactiBute to the ratio increases milk production while increasing fat and protein levels at the same time. This results in an increase of Energy Corrected Milk of 0.85-1 kg per head per day.
IntelliBond’s increased bioavailability and the positive impact on fibre digestion and gut barrier function support well-being and optimizes animal productivity of dairy cows.
Even the best heat stress control programme cannot always fully prevent problems with heat stress in dairy cows. Supplementation with Selko NutriCool can help to avoid a drop in dry matter intake and loss of milk production as a result of heat stress.
Farm-O-San Reviva is a highly palatable post calving drink for dairy cows, with large amounts of energy and calcium. It reduces the risk of hypocalcaemia and milk fever in dairy cows.
Farm-O-San Glucolac 40 Plus provides glucogenic energy and reduces the risk of subclinical or clinical ketosis in dairy cows.