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Selko | Lifetime Daily Yield

Programme for Sustainable Dairy Farming

Improving Lifetime Daily Yield to make dairy farming more sustainable

Increase Lifetime Daily Yield 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.

Sustainable dairy farming comes with a number of challenges;

  • The impact on the environment and the use of natural resources should be limited to the absolute minimum.
  • Health and welfare of animals in the dairy industry must be guaranteed.
  • Sustainable dairy farming should provide the farmer of today and future generations with a healthy income.

For the dairy industry there is only one way to meet these 3 challenges:

Make use of existing resources more efficiently to increase the Lifetime Daily Yield.

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.

Increasing Lifetime Daily Yield from a veterinary perspective

Increasing Lifetime Daily Yield of dairy cows 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 Selko programme for sustainable dairy farming 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, the Lifetime Daily Yield of dairy cows should be improved. German research suggests that for a farm to be profitable, the LDY should be above 15 litres per cow per day20.

The Selko programme programme for sustainable dairy farming helps you to increase Lifetime Daily Yield of dairy cows.

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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