Optimal use of grass silages to manage dairy cows efficiently
Milk prices are variable, but farm income from milk will not always cover all the input price increases. This means that the focus must remain on managing dairy cows efficiently to avoid loss of farm income. Before cows are turned out, it is worth considering the key objectives to be reached at turnout:
- Keep dairy cows milking as well as possible with high milk quality when they hit spring grass.
- Ensure cows are in calf and that calving intervals are not dragging out as this will have implications for the next lactatio of dairy cows.
- Keep dairy cows healthy and ensure they are not lame, making them ready to graze.
If these objectives are met, dairy cows should be capable of driving good margins at grass as long as milk prices rise or at least remain at the current levels.