Continuing the theme of productive longevity of dairy cows, this time we’ll focus on the floor in the barn. Head of research department of the Swedish Agricultural University (SLU) Professor Christer Bergsten advises what material is best to choose for new farms and to optimize the floor surface in the reconstructed areas. He spoke at an international scientific conference in St. Petersburg in May this year, one of the organizers of which was the company "DeLaval".
Sergey Fil, Head of milk production technology consulting center ADP
Cow comfort plays an important role in ensuring the health of the herd and getting high yields. The conditions in which the cow is, determine its performance and lifespan. Therefore it is necessary beforehand to prevent stress factors, which may be caused by errors in the planning of the barn, especially the stalla.
Karina Olikhver, marketing manager of the factory for the production of premixes NOVACORE (OOO "Inbel")
The most expensive item of expenditure on a dairy farm is feeding. To be effective, it is important to balance the diet for nutrient depending on the needs of livestock and reach it better digestibility.
Vladimir Mirnenko, LLC «Potinher Ukraine»
High yield is not always an indicator of efficiency and high profitability. In Ukraine, the average cost of a liter of milk is 4,10-4,20 UAH., and in some households — 4.50 UAH. However, there are others where it is equal to 3.5 UAH.
Source: Progressive Agrarian Technologies
The word «paste» usually means a mix of grain flour. The use of the extruded paste became very popular after it was explored that net energy value of ground corn is 10-15% higher than of compound feedstuff.
An inquiry of using liquid whey in feeding dairy herds has come to Consulting centre of Ukrainian Dairy Association from the specialists of one of its members — PJSC «Plemzavod ‘Stepnoi’». The consultants in close collaboration with American partners from the University of Wisconsin prepared an answer to a demand. Whereas some enterprises of the company have their own milk processing plants as well as its byproducts, and there are many such enterprises in Ukraine we decided to publish some information about using liquid whey in the magazine «Milk and Farm».
Source: CLAAS Ukraine LLC
Forage must be of top quality and none of milk producers will deny this fact. Though, ways to obtain top quality forage often become a matter of argument among specialists of different production lines and an owner of the dairy farm. At first sight it makes sense as agricoltor, engineer or herd manager’s motivation differs. One is more interested in price, the other — in cost of parts and top yield and the amount of forage are of high priority for the last one. However, it doesn’t matter how much you will grow per hectare, milk production depends on the amount fed to cows.
Based on the materials of Intervet International B.V.
Bovine Viral Diarrhea in cattle herds is one of the most common diseases on dairy farms in the whole world, including Ukraine. This disease can result in major economic loss. It’s impossible to get rid of the problem completely, but there is a number of measures which help to reduce the incidence of animals and at the same time save money. We offer our readers a systematic approach to solving this problem — from analysis of the causes of the disease to measures to combat the virus.
Volodymyr Tomov, CJSC Eltron, Bulgaria
Systems which maintain the microclimate in barns is one of the most economically sound investments. Equipment for ventilation and air cooling allows to obtain permanent milk yield not only in summer but in the fall, as heat stress effects milk production during a long period.
Maria Yaroshko, MBA Magister
Many dairy farms in Ukraine have turned away from tie-stall housing system or gradually changing to loose housing system. The latter occurs mainly in two forms: keeping cows in deep-bedded units or free stalls. Under these conditions cows are easy to move inside the barn and in a pasture. It improves their health and makes it possible to increase the mechanization of production processes in the barn, such as: milking, cleaning, distribution of feed. Energy costs are reduced significantly together with labor costs, and animals feel better.