Fresh Cow Monitoring of Feed Efficiency
Feed efficiency is a very useful tool for dairy farmers who have fresh cow pen with daily milk yields, group feed intakes, as well as days in milk (DIM) recalculated daily as they allow the farmers to monitor dry matter intake after calving, comparison of heifer and mature cow fresh pens and finally, the success of the transition program.
Study shows a herd of 50 in California with the following FE for the groups below:
Heifer fresh cow herd with an average FE of 1.47 (the range is between 1.19 - 1.87)
Cow fresh cow herd with an average FE of 1.75 (the range is between 1.26 - 2.26)