Costs and benefits at a glance: Calculating cost-effectiveness of Crystalyx for every farm

Within dairy cattle farming dairy cattle farming feedstuff is responsible for over 50 percent of direct costs. Cost-effectiveness is largely influenced by this cost item. “With milk prices currently being so low, many companies look to keep feed costs as low as possible. However, a reduction to this cost item does not automatically mean that it is more cost-efficient,” explains Crystalyx product manager Gerald Krabbe.

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“We have only recently been able to show what initially sounds contradictory: The new Crystalyx Analytics programme shows the cost-effectiveness ofCrystalyx Crystalyx on an individual basis during use in lactation.” The benefits that Crystalyx brings to energy supply is often not fully exploited, especially in terms of lactation. “The costs of an additional feedstuff are apparent at first, but not the benefits,” explains Krabbe. “The new computer-supported advisory tool means we can show the positive effects in black and white now”. Crystalyx Analytics illustrates the expected commercial consequences of the use of Crystalyx based on individual ration parameters for each farm.

Calculating feedstuff absorption

Initially, operational data is entered into the programme such as the number and weight of cows that should be fed Crystalyx, milk output and ingredients, milk price, as well as the feed ration and feed costs. The current feed absorption resulting from individual ration components is calculated from this. Supplementing the ration with Crystalyx is simulated in the next step. Crystalyx Standard, Vitalyx, and Cattle Booster are available for lactating cows. After selecting the product that is most suitable for the farm, the quantity that is presumed to be taken is then entered. On average, this is between 150 and 250 grams per animal and per day. From the selected values, the programme determines the expected increase in basic feed intake, which is generally 3 to 5 percent or 500 to 700 grams daily when including Crystalyx. “When comparing the ration with and without the use of Crystalyx, everything becomes clear,” states Krabbe emphatically.

Effects in practice are greater than those in theory

The resulting feed costs from the increase in basic feed intake including the costs of Crystalyx is compared to milk yield. “In economically difficult times no-one can take the decision away from the farmer in terms of making the right selection of resources. However, even with the low milk purchase prices nowadays, almost every farm can generate a surplus worth more than the feed costs,” reports the product manager based on experience. “Over the course of the year, this can be between 2,000 and more than 3,000 euro with stock of 100 lactating dairy cows, and that is a conservative calculation on which the programme is based. In practice the effects are often greater.”

Clear cost savings

In addition, the programme provides information regarding effects on animal health. For example, the rate of metabolic disorders, fertility results, and duration of use can also be individually entered for each farm. “Crystalyx also has a positive effect on these factors, which is illustrated in the programme in the form of a cost saving,” explains Krabbe by way of conclusion.

Interested dairy farmers can contact their product advisor for free consultancy and analysis. Further information can be obtained from Gerald Krabbe, tel. +49-172 2316560, gerald.krabbe@agravis.de, and www.crystalyx.info www.crystalyx.info .

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