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JANUARY 2019
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Management Hints
25
Messages:
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"Yield is vanity profit is sanity"... let this
mantra guide your decisions
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Know the cost of problems so that you prevent
them
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Minerals NOW are essential
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January is high risk time for mastitis
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Make your "cheques" and act
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Make your N P K slurry and lime plan now
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Be ready for calving and calf rearing
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While you have time review replacement heifer
care
By Matt Ryan
YIELD IS VANITY; PROFIT IS SANITY
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After cows milking so well in 2018 I am now being
asked `have we got it wrong on meal feeding cows?'
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The heading says it all. Before you are driven to
answering the question by feeding the same amount of
meals to your cows in 2019, please, check your profits.
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Milk price is going to be in or around 30cents/litre in
2019. There is only two ways to have a decent profit at
that price:
1. High gross output per litre/cow/hectare.
2. Low costs per litre/cow/hectare.
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Generally, gross output per litre will be 1-2c/l below
the milk price achieved.
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If your costs per litre are 20, 25 or 30 cents you will
have 10, 5 or zero cents profit per litre. Simple!
Therefore, costs are the main influencer of profit.
How can feeding 7-10c/l of meal be profitable?
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Profits are between 150 and 700 per cow. What are
yours? If you don't know, don't kid yourself by talking
about how great cows milked in 2019.
Get your Profit Monitor done immediately,
Benchmark your performance for 2018 against
profitable Group members and plan for 2019.
KNOW THE COST & ACT TO PREVENT
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Farm incomes are constantly under pressure, so we
cannot afford to be missing out on any potential gains.
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A lot of animal health issues arise in the springtime.
We must prevent calf deaths, cow metabolic problems,
cow injury, cow health problems and cow deaths' by
good management.
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UCD have estimated the cost of the following
problems (approximate costs):
Cow Death:
2282 per death
Milk fever:
130 per case
Left Displaced abomasum
515 per case
Grass tetany (clinical)
632 per case
Ketosis
190 per case
Acidosis
277 per case
Lameness
312 per case
Mastitis
450 per case
Vulva Discharge
188 per case
Cost of a twin calving:
122 per calving
Cost of calf death:
470 per case
Cost of retained placenta:
392 per case.
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From the above figures each farmer should estimate
the loss associated with his lack of preventative action.
In a 100-cow herd, if you encountered one of each of
the problems (not unreasonable) this spring the loss
would be 6,000.
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In an era of increasing costs, lower sales prices we
cannot allow disease, health mismanagement to reduce
our profit due to inadequate preventative care.
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The above costs are direct and indirect costs.
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The direct costs covered: vet's time, herdsman's time,
drugs, discarded milk, reduced yields and others (such
as dead calves).
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Indirect costs covered: increased risk of disease,
extended calving interval, higher culling rates, extra
services per conception and risk of fatality.
MINERALS ARE ESSENTIAL
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Mineral deficiency is responsible for retained placenta,
calf deaths at birth, calving difficulty and many more
JANUARY 2019
Education
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"Farm incomes are
constantly under
pressure, so we cannot
a ord to be missing out
on any potential gains"