All farmers want high-performing basic feed, but they are usually unaware of the true capabilities of their feed. We analyze the various types of feed in a specially selected laboratory to determine factors such as their cell wall content and digestibility. This is the only way to determine what quantity of a given feed a cow can consume, and what she can effectively convert and transform into milk. This provides information on adjustments to the time of cutting, variety selection and even fertilization. Furthermore, it is possible to determine exactly how to supplement this available basic feed optimally and most efficiently.
No matter how great the ration, it is of little use if feed intake is poor. The Dairy Pro Concept involves precisely analyzing the feed presented. The TMR or the individual components are analyzed for length, mixing accuracy and the cow’s selection behavior by means of a shaker box, and the dry matter is determined. Indicators such as DM consumption and feed efficiency are discussed with the customer and possibilities for optimization are sought.
A rumen must function properly, as every farmer who keeps cows knows. But what exactly is going on in this miniature biogas plant? What stressful situations or management factors have a negative impact on rumen pH and thus on the well-being of the microbes? Milk, and not just manure, can be produced efficiently only if feed is optimally digested. In this regard, the manure leachate provides very good information on the uptake of the nutrients fed to the animals.
In our opinion, the main success factor for a successful milk production operation is the management. Nevertheless, we rely on a dynamic ration program in accordance with CNCPS. Our consultants have been specially trained on this software to calculate the most suitable ration for the farmer, depending on the components. Then the cost, IOFC and even the nutrient intake can also be calculated for each ration.
Micronutrients are exported to over 20 countries and constitute a core competence at Hofmann Nutrition AG. They make up an important component of our rations and help to keep the microbiome of the rumen and intestine stable. Furthermore, they enhance the efficiency of metabolism and boost the uptake of nutrients. As a result of faster cell division, the organs are better developed and work at a faster rate.
The animal is therefore healthier, calmer, performs better and is less susceptible to stressful situations.
The near future of the herd rests with the gestating cow. Dry stock husbandry and care is the No. 1 issue worldwide. Any stress should be kept to an absolute minimum and animals should be provided with optimal care. This includes a performance-based gestating cow ration that ensures a mother and her unborn calf are perfectly provided for. Most problems in cows, such as metabolic diseases, inflammations, abomasal torsion and fertility issues, are directly related to the care of the cow in the gestating phase. This is where you lay the foundation for success.
What is the use of all the hours and the heart and soul that a farmer puts into their farm and animals, if the bottom line is: they cannot make a living out of it? We question all the frequently expressed statements and beliefs in a critical manner and do the math. Following the principle “Numbers, data and facts do not lie”, the best solution for the farm in question is sought with the help of various tools and calculations and its implementation is observed step by step. The common indicators are analyzed for the farm and rations designed accordingly. Current price changes are also included.
Thanks to our excellent networking with consultants and specialists operating at the international level, we stay in contact with the latest topics at all times. In-depth technical questions can be placed and asked directly on the pulse of science. We also offer farm tours with very experienced dairy cow consultants, during which all aspects are examined in detail. Always with a focus on the positive, to reinforce the good things as much as possible. Very interesting discussions are often sparked and the understanding for farmers and their needs and visions grows. In the best case, this results in a great collaboration, which is gratifying for everyone.