Wow, a report card with a perfect grade! That's the grade La Coop network got in 2012 as the feed supplier for eastern Canada herds with a daily record performance over 300 BCA.
In fact, the official results that recently appeared in the annual publications of Valacta and DHI (Canadian dairy herd improvement agencies), show us that five farms from the areas covered by the network, all breeds combined, obtained an average exceeding 300 for milk, fat and protein. These herds, all Holstein, have produced 13,000 to 16,000 kg of milk per cow over 305 days of lactation.

The Ferme Holdream, from Saint-Honoré-de-Shenley (Beauce), ranks first for the second year in a row with 15,784 kg of milk per cow and a BCA of 346.7. Brothers Guillaume and Étienne Lessard maximize their herd's production with three milkings daily and provide for their cows' longevity. Then, not far behind is the Ferme Conrad Riendeau et fils, from Saint-Césaire, with a BCA of 344.7. The Arla herd has been ranked among Canada's elite for more than 10 years. The three other Club 300 herds are Ferme Syma, from Sainte-Élisabeth, in the Lanaudière region, Ferme Guyette et fils, from Saint-Clet, in Vaudreuil-Soulanges, and Ferme Serhéal, from Saint-Isidore, in Ontario.

Coincidence has nothing to do with the fact that our clientele makes top marks year after year. The secret? The superior calibre of these producers comes from above-average herd management and an attention to detail combined with the expertise of their consultants and the quality of feed served. These elements are the reasons why they have maintained the lead over other same breed herds for so long. The quality of fodder is fundamental, in terms of nutrition and conservation, both must be excellent. Then, another factor is that cows should be capable of ingesting and processing a lot of feed, which is possible if we provide them with a high quality environment.

We often say that high productivity also corresponds to greater profitability. And by conducting a closer analysis of the data in the Valacta report, we can again observe the validity of this statement. The margin on feed cost per kilo of fat produced is $13.03 for those ranked in the top 20% against $12.72 on average. These additional 31¢ per kilo, for a median quota of 50 kg, represent, once all the feed has been paid, over $5,600 of additional income per year.

In this context where the price of concentrates is high, it's important to make sure that overall use provides the best results. For herds with an average production of 13,000 kg, this represents more than 150 kg of added fat per cow. Considering an average herd with a quota of 50 kg/day, this means the same income with fewer 14 cows. Add to the equation another advantage, which is the reduced need for replacement cows and a significant decrease in terms of expenditures.

It is with great pride that I want to spotlight the results of these clients and members of Club 300. We are pleased to continue to contribute to their success. In fact, when you think performance, La Coop is always there to support you.


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