Understanding the analysis
• The first step is to identify the cows’ allowances for energy, protein, fibre and minerals based on bodyweight and yield.
• The next step is to determine the supply of nutrients from the feeds and supplements the cows are getting
• The difference between these two is the gap which needs to be filled. The mineral/trace element gap should be filled.
Most Dairy Companies have been giving their suppliers their herd bulk milk, Milk Urea (MU) figure for some time now. For the last few weeks MU has been available on fencepost for Fonterra suppliers.
Over the last few weeks many farmers have been asking me questions about their MU levels and how this affects their herd production and reproduction.
Understanding your urea levels can help optimise farm performance, by improving rumen efficiency - conversion of feed to milk and also reduce the impact on environmental nitrogen loading, reduce animal stress and possibly improve herd fertility.