PAY ATTENTION TO NUTRIENT CONTENT
And last but not least, if you are forced to purchase off-farm commodities to make up for feed shortages this fall and winter, Woodward encourages producers to take the focus away from how much you are paying per tonne and pay much closer attention to how much you are paying per nutrient, when purchasing feed. He cautions that what may seem like a good deal when it comes to cost per tonne, may cost you if it falls short of nutrients. Alternatively, he says, producers should focus on the quality and nutrient value to maximize nutritional performance. And for those that have the ability to blend different feedstuffs (i.e.) straw, Distillers Dried Grains with Solubles (DDGS) and alfalfa hay for example, they are going to have an advantage when it comes to cost and flexibility. To do this safely you must have a nutrient analysis completed.
“Many producers are going to end up using feedstuffs this winter that they never thought of, or thought they would never try using. It is an opportunity for those willing to be creative when it comes to nutrition. What will we learn from this year nutritionally? With expectations of record high feed costs this fall and winter, talk to a nutritionist about optimizing strategies that will save you money without risking the nutrition of your cow herd,” says Woodward.
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