Feed costs for raising dairy herd replacements on high roughage systems

by H. Russell Conrad

Publisher: Ohio Agricultural Experiment Station in Wooster, Ohio

Written in English
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  • Dairy cattle -- Feeding and feeds -- Economic aspects

Edition Notes

StatementH.R. Conrad, L.O. Gilmore, and J.W. Hibbs
SeriesResearch circular / Ohio Agricultural Experiment Station -- 67, Research circular (Ohio Agricultural Experiment Station) -- 67
ContributionsGilmore, Lester O. 1910-, Hibbs, J. W
The Physical Object
Pagination[4] p. ;
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Open LibraryOL15227731M

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In UW-Extension Dairy Team conducted an on-farm survey on the cost and labor efficiency of raising dairy replacements individually or through an automated group feeding system. Highlights of the findings include: Operations using automated feeders had higher liquid feeding costs than individual systems due to their ability to easily feed.

Raising dairy replacements continues to be expensive. The cost of raising calves and heifers is often the second highest expenditure on dairy farms after milking herd feed costs. With increases in feed, fuel and fertilizer prices, it’s no surprise that dairy replacement.

Dairy budgets show that Missouri producers typically spend hundreds of dollars on grain to raise replacements, Horner said. At today's feed prices, $ per heifer could be trimmed with good grazing. "Dairy farms usually have almost as many heifers on the farm as milking cows.

With today's feed costs, that Feed costs for raising dairy herd replacements on high roughage systems book adds up," he said.

The cost of raising calves and heifers is often the second highest expenditure on dairy farms after milking herd feed costs. Inthese costs were determined using data collected by UW-Extension agriculture agents from 36 dairy farms and custom calf and heifer growers Author: Vanessa Reeve.

Due to high herd-replacement rates and heifers calving at older ages, many operations need more heifers just to maintain the size of their milking herd. The recently completed analysis of data from the Ontario Dairy Farm Accounting Project (ODFAP) survey puts the cost of raising a dairy heifer at $2, birth to calving.

The largest costs of raising heifers are the same as for the milking herd — feed and labor (Table 1). The feed costs averaged $ per heifer month (remember, these are across all ages of heifers), while labor averaged $ per heifer month.

CONCLUSIONS The cost of raising dairy replacement heif ers substantially contributes to the overall ex pense of milk production. Replacement costs often account for 15 to 20% of the total milk production cost (6) and are often the second largest input, after feed costs for the milking herd (40).Cited by:   Raising dairy replacements continues to be expensive.

The cost of raising calves and heifers is often the second highest expenditure on dairy farms after milking herd feed costs. Inthese costs were determined using data collected by UW-Extension agriculture agents from 36 dairy farms and custom calf and heifer growers across the state.

Calf Rearing is recognized as one of the most informative and accessible guides on the subject, covering growth, nutrition, health and behavior, with descriptions of various calf raising systems and facilities.

John Moran, an expert in the field, also gives considerable coverage to calf welfare, post weaning management and calf communication.4/5(1). Combining the knowledge of feed cost with feed conversion, the high roughage example has a $ feed cost per pound of gain and the low roughage example has a $ feed cost per pound of gain.

If cattle were bought weighing pounds at $/cwt and expected to sell for $/cwt when weighing pounds, the value of gain is $/lb. days for automated feeding. On a daily basis, it cost $ to raise individually fed calves, and $ per day for automated feeding Figure 3.

A Closer Look at Feed Costs Feed costs, specifically liquid feed, was the greatest cost across feeding systems. When feeding higher milk amounts, the use of pasteurized whole milk helped toFile Size: KB.

Raising Dairy Herd Replacements Farm Mgmt Guides. Sign up for weekly email updates. K-State College of Agriculture Links Agronomy Animal Science Kansas Ag Mediation Service (KAMS) Extension Agent Link.

Farm Mgmt Guides. Non-Irrigated Crops; Irrigated Crops; Livestock Budgets. "Then milking-herd owners picked up the idea of grazing to cut dairy-cow feed costs." Somehow, the idea of raising replacements got put on the back burner.

When corn was about $2 a bushel, it was easy to just feed a few buckets of grain to the heifers, Horner said. "Now grain is a major expense in raising replacements on conventional dairy. In many areas of the country it is currently costing between $1, to $1, to raise a dairy replacement heifer.

The average annual culling per replacement rate for these same dairy herds is around 30 percent – almost one-third of the milkingAuthor: John Hibma. Helping you grow herd income over feed cost in all phases of dairy production, while raising the bar on herd health and reproduction, is achieved through ADM’s on-farm consultation, proprietary feed technologies and situational-based dairy programs.

Methods to Reduce Feed Costs for Dairy Heifers Raising dairy replacement heifers contributes a sizeable percent of the total costs of the dairy herd. Weather you raise your own heifers or have them custom raised, eventually the milking herd has to pay their rearing costs.

Heifer raising goals (Holsteins) are to have the heifers gain between   Focus is all types of feeding systems, their practicality for different herd sizes and economics, from grain feeding to TMRs; also feed storage, feed bunk management. Chapter 1 Feeding systems and cow factorsAuthor: Mike Hutjens, University of Illinois.

Milk production: quantity and quality. There are nearlyrecorded Montbeliarde cows in average adult lactation is litres at % B.F. and % P. Many of these lactations are achieved on hay based rations as this is a stipulation of the milk processor and in fact the Montbeliarde is known as the cheese maker breed in France because of the high protein levels.

Opportunity cost for feed and facility resources. Utilization of already inadequate facilities and home grown feed supply. Difficult to change poor herd genetics. The opportunity to purchase or custom feed heifers at prices or costs less than raising own replacements.

Estimating Costs Required to Raise Replacement Heifers. Lastly, if one also accounts for the replacement herd, then feed costs become ($ + $ + $63 + $88) ÷ = $/cwt.

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Designed as a resource book, it presents early coverage of nutrition and digestive physiology, a complete section on livestock feeds, and chapters devoted to the management and feeding practices of Cited by: Farm Management Guide MF Raising Dairy Herd Replacement Heifers Having good replacements for the cows that leave the milking herd each year is a key to maintaining and increasing herd production.

One of the decisions facing dairy producers is whether to raise or purchase replacement heifers. To raise. Young calves need a diet of 18–20% crude protein with high energy levels of about 11–12MJ. It is important to clean out old feed, i.e.

just keep small amounts at any one time in the feed trough. Feeding solid feed. The calf should have access to hay and concentrates from one week to stimulate rumen activity. The rations reflect what has been fed to these animal groups at the Penn State dairy herd.

All market prices were used. Income over feed cost using standardized rations and production data from the Penn State dairy herd.

Note: Penn State’s October milk price: $/cwt; feed cost/cow: $; average milk production: lbs. foundation for animal feeding systems to serve as a valuable resource for the dairy sector and connected chain partners.

It can be used both to compare and improve feeding systems already in use by examining the success of similar systems from around the world and for the development of new feeding systems.

If a single herd has too many heifers, one option is to cull more. However, as already discussed, this could hurt the herd’s overall milk production. To make that situation worse, cull prices are low, meaning heifer raising costs may be twice as high as the income received from selling a cull cow.

Dairy Sense: Home Raised Feed Costs income over feed costs was calculated using average intake and production for the last six years from the Penn State dairy herd. Introduction. Well-grown dairy calves and heifers play an important role in the future success of all dairy farms.

Being able to efficiently raise replacement dairy heifers or create an effective working relationship with a contracted dairy heifer grower is crucial to raising replacements that improve the performance of the dairy herd for years to come.

herd. At that time, you will depend on them for income. To assure they become sound, profitable producers, give calves and heifers proper care and feeding. It is important to evaluate your dairy replacement program and make sound feeding and management decisions in order to minimize current expenses and also to ensure future.

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The accelerated feeding system has much higher feed costs associated with it than the other two systems; however, the improved performance offers an advantage over the national average. Table 2 applies economic value to the performance data and indicates that the accelerated feeding programs are more profitable than the other two systems Author: Frank Wardynski.organic dairy systems.

An increasing number of individual farmers are not satisfied with the artificial bucket feeding system. In order to improve the welfare of their dairy cattle, a number of organic farms introduced suckling systems.

The aim is to develop an alternative calf rearing system for replacement calves that will improve animal.