Compound feed as a contributor to longevity
Behind the project: Longevity, the goal is to offer dairy farmers innovative product solutions from female calves to dairy cows that demonstrably increase the life and, thereby, the economic efficiency of dairy cows.
Sustainably reduce excess nitrogen and phosphorus in rations
AGRAVIS’ feed concepts contribute to project longevity and sustainably reduce excess nitrogen and phosphorus in rations. The Laktaria or Lakto Qfit-programme help to reduce the nitrogen content in manure through feed which is balanced in amino acids. By observing the amino acids when calculating rations, the protein content in dairy cow rations can be deliberately reduced. This saves protein-rich feedstuffs in rations. Protein costs of concentrated feed are reduced while milk and protein production remains the same or higher. These savings in protein can be found in the form of reduced nitrogen contents in manure. This relieves nitrogen excess in the nutritional balance, relieves the liver metabolism, and thereby contributes to the longevity of the dairy cow.
The phosphorus content is optimised thanks to Phokus, the phosphorus-optimised ration calculation tool. In addition to the animal’s required phosphorus supply, this also always ensures that rumen microbes are provided with the required amount of available phosphorus. The result of this field-tested ration optimisation is reduced phosphorus secretion by dairy cows at consistently high herd performance. The reproducibility required for a nutrient reduction strategy of this kind is guaranteed thanks to individual ration calculations. The native contents and digestibility of the silages and the business’s own concentrated feed as well as the quantities of fodder are taken into account when composing rations.
Together, these AGRAVIS feed concepts help farmers reduce their operation’s nitrogen and phosphorus values and increase their herd’s productivity and longevity at the same time.