Tips & Tricks
There are so many things to do, that sometimes you need a shortcut or just a reminder. Below are some helpful tips and/or videos.
Building the Milk Check
1. Get Cows pregnant
Cow that have longer days in milk simply do not milk as much. For each day a cow is open after optimal time (over 150 days) she loses between $2-7 per day. (Un. of IL)
2. Get Heifers milking
Heifers should start their lactation at 23-24 months. For every day beyond those dates costs $2.00 per day on heifers that aren’t paying you back.
3. Lower SCC
For each linear score drop in SCC, (about 50,000), mik will elevate 2-2 1/2 pounds. (NC Univ.)
4. Improve feed efficiency
The herd should be producing 1 1/2 pounds of 3.5% energy corrected milk per pound of dry matter. Improving your herd from a tenth of feed efficiency equals about 42 cents per cow per day. (Un of IL)
5. Get timely hoof trimming done.
A lame cow can cost upwards of $122 per animal. Regular trimming can reduce the severity of problems and prevent culling.