Feed track­ing tool boost­ing dairy pro­duc­tion

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - RU­RAL

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.’’

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