Tuesday, 01 September 2015 10:13

Feed efficiency service for dairy farmers

Written by 
DairyClub clients with GrainCorp Feeds Kim Johnstone. DairyClub clients with GrainCorp Feeds Kim Johnstone.

In a bid to help dairy farmers in tight times, GrainCorp Feeds is giving 150 clients nationwide free access to a feed forecasting, tracking and monitoring service.

The company is working with technical specialists DairyClub to provide additional on-farm assessment, monitoring and technical support alongside Tracker™. The online tool measures current milk production and shows how the farmer can use supplementary feed to achieve maximum return.

“We recognise that it is a challenging time for the dairy industry, so it’s important that we demonstrate the return our customers are getting on their investment into feed, rather than seeing it purely as a cost,” says GrainCorp Feeds general manager Daniel Calcinai.

“Our priority is on investing in tools and systems to support our customers, focusing on the return on their feed investment.”

Calcinai says to increase income from milk production, farmers have to feed strategically, which means the right feed at the right time. Tracker™ will enable farmers to identify areas where short, medium and long-term efficiency and production gains can be made.

“Rather than cutting out all supplementary feed or simply using the lowest cost option, it may be more beneficial to feed good quality feeds at certain periods during lactation.  This will help to maximise pasture utilisation, improve short-term milk flows and protect the future productivity of the herd while increasing overall profitability,” says Calcinai. 

Vaughan Parker and Paul Smith are 50/50-equity partner farmers in Whakamaru, who have taken up the free service.

The pair have a crossbred herd of 285 cows on their 105 ha system 3 farm.  They are currently producing 428kgs of milk solids per cow and hope the tool will help them increase that to 457 – 472kgs/cow.

“This service will give us the ability to unlock the true potential of our grass through strategically managing the use of supplements,” says Parker.

GrainCorp’s support package will be offered on a first come, first served basis. 

More like this

Looking to upgrade?

Technology is constantly evolving, meaning products change quickly so you need to ensure improvements and upgrades are yielding value from day one. When looking at on farm upgrades, WaterForce suggests that the following are key questions in your investment research:

Productivity, quality and Pinot Noir

A machine-learning algorithm could help change the face of New Zealand Pinot Noir, by offering data-based decisions for optimal Pinot production.

Keeping tails clean now’s a ‘Switch’

Any dairy farmer who has taken a smack in the face from a dung-encrusted cow’s tail on a frosty morning will know the feeling and wonder how to stop it happening again.


Tributes to a dairy champion

Fonterra chairman Peter McBride has paid tribute to dairy industry leader John Luxton, who passed away earlier this month.

Dairy tops organic exports

Dairy has been named as New Zealand’s largest organic sector with exports of $153.8 million, up 55% from 2017.

Machinery & Products

Gongs for John Deere

The tractor of the Year 2022 Awards, held at the recent EIMA show in Bologna, handed out a brace of…

Digital pre-start safety checks

According to numbers published by ACC, more than 60 farm-related injuries are reported every day, leaving much room for improvement.

JV for Bucket Test App

Irrigation NZ and global farm management company CropX have established a joint venture agreement for the Bucket Test app.

» The RNG Weather Report

» Latest Print Issues Online

Milking It

Poo-powered BMW

OPINION: Car maker BMW is partnering with a California dairy farm to turn effluent into clean energy to power its…

Not bad

OPINION: New Zealand may be a minnow on the global stage but here’s another example how our ag sector punches…

» Connect with Dairy News

» eNewsletter

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter