The importance of improving feed efficiency on a dairy farm
Increasing feed efficiency means that more milk is being produced out of the same amount of feed. This will reduce the environmental footprint of the dairy farm because the amount of greenhouse gasses per liter of milk produced will go down. Next to reducing the environmental footprint, improving feed efficiency of dairy cows will also increase the income over feed costs, making dairy farming more profitable. Whereas in beef, swine and poultry farming, feed efficiency is the most commonly use performance indicator, dairy farmers often use milk production and the amount of milk solids produced to measure the performance of the farm. As a result, potential gains in feed efficiency often go unnoticed.