Feed cost has been increasing lately. Here are some tips to help reduce feeding cost:
1) Knowing cow's requirement
2) Testing hay quality
3) Feeding less in confinement
It has been observed that cows require less feed when in confined spaces.
Hence, during winter, you can reduce your feed as we suspect due to cow's inactivity, less energy is required.
4) Feeding in a bunk
Cows fed dried distillers'grains on the ground waste up to 40%.
In a bunk, waste is usually at 5%.
Hence, it always make sense to feed in a bunk when possible.
5) Choosing silage based on nutritional value
Often time, farmers will just pick silage with lowest cost.
However, what is more important is to look at the nutritional value of the silage.
If what you need is more crude protein based, pick the ones with higher crude protein content even if it may cost more.