DairyInfo May 2013

“Four and twenty blackbirds” might make a dainty dish “to set before the king”, but when it comes to your farm, you might like them more… if they just “flew the coop.” A look at the quantity and value of feed that birds consume may reveal that they are costing you far more than the “sixpence” mentioned in the classic nursery rhyme. Just how much are birds stealing from you? How much are birds on your farm costing you? Here’s a look at some numbers and information, which is based on new data from a recent survey.


Dairyinfo April 2012

Feed costs comprise 55 to 60 percent of the total cost of rearing dairy replacement heifers, so keeping a sharp eye on feed expenses can have a tremendous impact on enterprise profitability. Pat Hoffman, dairy scientist and heifer management specialist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, says managing feed costs need not mean sacrificing heifer quality. To achieve both, he recommends:

Regular Mail:
Renaissance Nutrition, Inc.
PO Box 229
Roaring Spring, PA 16673

Overnight/Next Day:
Renaissance Nutrition, Inc.
339 Frederick Road
Roaring Spring, PA 16673


Phone: 1.800.346.3649
E-mail: rennut@rennut.com

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