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It's a known fact, to start the day right you need to eat a healthy and nutritious breakfast. With everything going so fast, the morning meal has, for most of us, become a great opportunity to plan the day. The same fundamental theory applies to your business. Your herd's basic nutrition needs to provide a solid foundation. You need to stop and take the time to plan the year ahead and consider what is available to you to allow you to reach your goals.
Fodder represents more than one half of a herd's diet, so quality ensilage and hay are critical if you expect to achieve the best dairy production from your cows. But this is not news! And yet, it needs repeating every year. Despite June's rather difficult weather conditions, some dairy producers are doing quite well. When I say that fodder constitutes the herd's nutritional basis, I obviously mean that it should not be served exclusively. It doesn't matter if the fodder is excellent or simply good, it is not a guarantee of final results. Overall management, comfort and what is used to complement fodder are just as important.

Harvesting the first cut is most probably the most stressful time of year for any dairy producer. Fortunately, the second and third cuts can also 'save' the year. But that's only in terms of nutritional analysis. In my opinion, preserving the fodder is even more important. However, certain situations often seem to occur again and again. Sometimes hay overheats or silage emits a harsh smell of butyric acid, which makes optimizing fodder consumption that much more difficult. Whether stored in a silo or in a bunker, silage that has inadequately fermented represents a major issue that not only affects dairy production, but also impacts reproductive performance and metabolic problems.

Do you have enough fodder for the whole year? Too often we see farms with only a limited quantity of fodder. In this context, it's important to have a plan B, another option. Will reducing the herd's number allow you to maintain your production goals? Reducing the number of cows or heifers is a sure way to save on fodder, which gives all the meaning to the expression "doing more with less". Buying hay is also an option that deserves consideration, as long as you properly analyze your needs and aren't counting exclusively on the price of hay. What is most important is to find fodder that can complete what you already have in stock.

Limiting Factors
Are you aware of your businesses limiting factors? Your expert-consultant has the tools to help you identify the priority elements that require improvement. It all begins with fodder. Our work consists of advising you according to what you have at that time and to help you reach or even exceed your productivity and profit objectives. How about a refill for your coffee?

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