Managing nutritional requirements of all stock in diverse systems

Australian dairy farms have some of the more diverse feeding systems seen across the world. Regardless of the calving system employed in the farm business, feeding strategies range from pasture only or minimal concentrate inputs through to partial TMR/housed TMR approaches. In all scenarios there are feed purchasing issues to consider, feed storage and delivery.

The dairy cow rumen is the primary engine room for production but it is an engine which likes a steady state environment. In many cases optimising this steady state is challenging due to the feed delivery practices employed on farm. Creating a stable and optimal rumen environment is one of the great challenges for our dairying systems and this is particularly the case around the transition period.

It is not just about the milking cows

A successful, integrated approach to nutrition starts from the calves within a herd and runs through weaning, yearling development, joining and first calving. There is a wealth of evidence to illustrate the benefits to the adult animal from being well grown in the first 24 months of life.

John Penry has had extensive experience across the majority of dairy feeding systems employed on Australian farms and has assisted farm owners, managers and farm teams in devising effective nutrition solutions for all stock classes. He has a membership of the Australian and NZ College of Veterinary Scientists (since 1999) which was gained after 12 months study and an examination process. He is also a current member of the Australian Association of Ruminant Nutrition.

    Resources

  • Feed 2 Milk Feed Conversion Efficiency

    • Feed Conversion Efficiency & Grains2milk Feed Report 29.03.11
  • Feed 2 Milk Feed Sourcing

    • Feed2Milk Feed Sourcing: Fact Sheet 2 – Feed Budgeting
    • Feed2Milk Feed Sourcing: Fact Sheet 3 – What Can You Afford to Pay
    • Feed2Milk Feed Sourcing: Fact Sheet 4 – Dont Gamble
    • Feed2Milk Feed Sourcing: Fact Sheet 5 – Feed Value Varies
    • Feed2Milk Feed Sourcing: Fact Sheet 6 – Getting a Good Sample
    • Feed2Milk Feed Sourcing: Fact Sheet 7 – Understanding the Results
    • Feed2Milk Feed Sourcing: Fact Sheet 8 – Buying Grain
    • Feed2Milk Feed Sourcing: Fact Sheet 9 – Buying Fodder
    • Feed2Milk Feed Sourcing: Fact Sheet 10 – Feed Contracts
    • Feed2Milk Feed Sourcing: Fact Sheet 11 – Buying Feed Direct
    • Feed2Milk Feed Sourcing: Fact Sheet 12 – Price Taker to Price Maker
    • Feed2Milk Feed Sourcing: Fact Sheet 13 – Using Derivatives
    • Feed2Milk Feed Sourcing: Fact Sheet 14 – Feed Wastage
  • Feed 2 Milk Feed Wastage

  • Feed 2 Milk Transition Cow Management

    • Feed2Milk Transition Cow Management: A Review for Nutritional Professionals, Veterinarians and Farm Advisers
  • Feed Fibre Future

  • Flexible Feeding Systems

    • Flexible Feeding Systems: Fact Sheet 1 – Plan for Growth (Manage Risk)
    • Flexible Feeding Systems: Fact Sheet 2 – Should You Invest
    • Flexible Feeding Systems: Fact Sheet 3 – Prepare the Team
    • Flexible Feeding Systems: Fact Sheet 4 – Filling the Pantry
    • Flexible Feeding Systems: Fact Sheet 5 – Getting the Diet Right
    • Flexible Feeding Systems: Fact Sheet 6 – Mixing and Delivering Feed
    • Flexible Feeding Systems: Fact Sheet 7 – Managing Effluent
    • Flexible Feeding Systems: Fact Sheet 8 – Healthy Cows
    • Flexible Feeding Systems: Fact Sheet 9 – Tips for Cooling Cows
  • Tas Milk 60 Study

Projects & Collaborators

Feed 2 Milk
The Feed 2 Milk (previously Grains 2 Milk) resources are contained on the Dairy Australia website: www.dairyaustralia.com.au. Primary Logic works in collaboration with the Feed 2 Milk Project Leader for Dairy Australia, Dr Steve Little.
Production of Feed 2 Milk Transition Management Resources
John Penry was intimately involved with the production of the Feed 2 Milk Transition management resources and was one of the editors (with Steve Little) of the Advisor booklet on this topic.
SBScibus
Primary Logic has also worked on farm nutrition issues in conjunction with Dr Ian Lean and Dr Neil Moss at SBScibus (formerly Strategic Bovine Services).