Forage shortage create new problems for dairy farmers this winter

UK - Drying cows off early, dropping to once-a-day milking and shifting stock off farm are the options milk producers should consider as they face a forage shortage this winter.
calendar icon 20 September 2006
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Planning to buy in feed is only part of the solution. It's going to be a costly winter, says grazing consultant Tom Phillips.

"In most areas, it's been a tough season. There wasn't a lot of spring grass, so not a lot of silage was made. Some farms have less than one-third of their normal winter silage stocks and the dry summer was expensive for herds which bought in up to 95% of their diet."

Even conventionally managed herds have been forced into feeding cows one or two months earlier than normal.

Source: Farmers Weekly Online

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