WATCH: Buffer Feeding


“By buffer feeding, we’ve had more control over our grass and more control over how many litres we get back from the cow” - Larkins

WATCH: Buffer Feeding

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“By buffer feeding, we’ve had more control over our grass and more control over how many litres we get back from the cow” - Larkins

Specialist Nutrition advocates a farm by farm approach when it comes to buffer feeding, as no “one-size fits all” approach can enable a farm to reach its full potential in this respect.

The company has launched a new initiative called “The Unlock Challenge” which aims encourage farmers to examine their farm to see what small changes can be made to unlock their farm potential.

The first series of the campaign focuses on the management of dairy animals, and from the farm of Matt and his son Patrick Larkin in Co. Wexford, as reported by us here and here.

According to the company, the decision to buffer feed comes down to three considerations:

  1. Grass intake needs to meet the cow’s energy requirements to support maintenance and production. If not, the shortfall must be subsidised;

  2. buffer feeding can provide extra control of farm covers, should this be required;

  3. More than nuts in the parlour, buffer feeding enhances a farmers control over rumen function.

Control

It’s important for a farm’s long-term sustainability that resilience and flexibility are built into the system; buffer feeding can help achieve that.

Speaking about their experience with buffer feeding the Larkins said: “By buffer feeding, we’ve had more control over our grass and more control over how many litres we get back from the cow.”

“It’s much easier for us to keep the cow’s production level going, than if they dip it’s impossible to get them back up. Buffer feeding has allowed us to manage this.”

More Information:

Specialist Nutrition are leaders in the management of moist and liquid feed co-product derived from the human food and drinks industry. While providing expert nutritional and technical advice on-farm, Specialist Nutrition’s focus is to unlock farm potential.

Not content to settle with the norm, they challenge the status quo; and with their latest campaign called “The Unlock Challenge,” they are inviting farmers around the country to do the same in order to uncover what works for their farm.

Farmers can follow their campaign by finding them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Specialist Nutrition are also inviting farmers to enter their competition to win a trip to the AgriScot Show in the UK, along with lots of monthly prizes to be won - Simply visit here.

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