Feed tracking tool boosting dairy production
Dairy farmers using an online milk monitoring and prediction tool are achieving 9.15 per cent more production than the average Fonterra farmer this season.
To the end of April, 82 per cent of GrainCorp clients actively using Tracker were up 7.48 per cent on production compared to the same time last year.
The average across all clients was an increase of 4.89 per cent.
The results come off the back of another previously successful season where Tracker, a free online tool provided by GrainCorp Feeds to its clients, helped farmers increase milk production by up to 30 per cent.
Tracker was launched by GrainCorp Feeds to the clients in June last year for dairy farmers wanting to improve pasture utilisation and feed conversion and increase their financial returns from both homegrown and bought-in feeds.
Since its release farmers have been praising the reporting and recording functionality of Tracker and the technical support provided to help maximise their production and profitability.
GrainCorp Feeds general manager Daniel Calcinai said the results show that it is helping dairy farmers achieve profitable production levels that are ‘‘well above the industry average, and in many cases, well above farmer expectations’’.
‘‘Despite it being a challenging season, our Tracker subscriber group have achieved significant production lifts over last year,’’ said Calcinai.
‘‘Over a fifth of our subscriber group have increased production by over 17 per cent compared to last year.’’
By comparison, Fonterra reported that farmers averaged a 4.27 per cent reduction in production at April 30, 2017.
Using Tracker, GrainCorp Feeds and its clients set production targets each season.
The programme collates live data around dry matter availability, feed conversion and margins, and a customised feed plan is developed to deliver profitable production growth.
‘‘Our team’s focus is to maximise on-farm feed utilisation and complement that with the right supplementary feed at the right time.’’