How easy can your cows reach the feed?

How easy can your cows reach the feed?

Research among beef cattle showed that moving up the neck rail 20 cm increased the growth with 200 g per day! Resaerch was done about 6-7 years ago. There were two groups, TMR. One group with a ration expecting 1200 g growth per day and one group expecting 1600 g per day. The bulls were weighted every 30 days.

80% of cows is somehow bothered by the feed fence... So have a critical look at you own feed fence and make some changes if necessary!

FEEDING SIGNALS

Practical guide to optimal feeding management and production. This training supports the advisor, the farmer and his staff in doing an excellent job every day, in storing, mixing and feeding a ration that keeps cows healthy and productive.


Next open day training: Tuesday 21 June 2016

Comments (4)

Peter Havrlant

Unless feeding young or smaller frame I question the value of this two rail system. Generally, from my observations in a number of beef feed yards, provided there is a concrete edge to prevent feed contamination (generally 200-300mm) a raIl / wire at 1400mm or greater (dependent on average cattle size) should contain cattle effectively without any negative impact on feed intake.

Joep Driessen

Peter Havrlant wrote:
Unless feeding young or smaller frame I question the value of this two rail system. Generally, from my observations in a number of beef feed yards, provided there is a concrete edge to prevent feed contamination (generally 200-300mm) a raIl / wire at 1400mm or greater (dependent on average cattle size) should contain cattle effectively without any negative impact on feed intake.

Great, thanks for sharing!

Mary Vickers

Is the research you refer to published as I haven't seen it but would be interested to use it in my farmer presentations?
thanks

Joep Driessen

Mary Vickers wrote:
Is the research you refer to published as I haven't seen it but would be interested to use it in my farmer presentations?
thanks

This particular picture was a farm in Norway, Felleskjopet CowSignals trainer. He moved up the neckrail 20 cm and forwarded it 20 cm, and had 200 gram per day extra...
Just one case, but it is clear that bothering cows is less feed intake.

Good research: Bach, Spain: same ration, 45 farms: different amount of liters milk: 21 and 35....

14 liters difference between top and bottom...
Main reason: easy feeding, resting and calving.... And the opposite!

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