Component Efficiency – The secret to the most successful herds
Dr. Shane Holt
This article originally appeared in Progressive Dairyman. You can access the full article here.
What separates the top performing herds from the bottom? This is one of those questions that people are constantly asking and attempting to answer. As a result, we have a multitude of complicated calculations that measure everything from energy corrected milk to income over feed costs. From my perspective as a dairy nutritionist, it’s fairly simple; the best herds I work with are the ones that produce components the most efficiently, and as a result they are usually the most profitable.
Efficiency is something many dairy producers focus on, and often times they can tell you how efficient they are at things like parlor turns and employees per cow. However, when it comes to the component efficiency of their cows many are at a loss. Most dairyman can tell me which cow makes the most milk, but that doesn’t really tell me if she’s the most efficient and profitable animal on the operation.
To really understand what makes a herd efficient and therefore profitable, we first have to understand what a dairy is really selling. You can learn more about component efficiency and the secret to successful herds by reading the full Progressive Dairyman article here.