Key economic aspects
Profitability calculation for use of milk replacer
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Why use a milk replacer?
Reasonable use of a milk replacer helps reduce the cost of breeding and enhances the value of the milk produced.
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Milk replacers stimulate rumination and consumption of first stage feed: weaning is easier and early weaning is possible.
Milk replacers are specifically formulated to meet nutritional requirements. They limit digestive issues.
Milk replacers are easy to use and make it possible to safely apply the one meal a day technique which saves time and makes work easier.
Milk replacers are regular and consistent over time and are subject to ongoing quality control.
The first challenge in heifer breeding must be to contribute to overall improvement of ‘milk’ workshop profitability.
The renewal cost per litre of milk is one of the five main items in the cost of production per litre of milk.
The renewal cost per litre of milk depends on:
- Heifer rearing time; age at the time of calving
- Herd renewal rate; depends directly on lifespan
- Quantity of milk produced/dairy cow
- Value of culling
Longevity and resistance to disease.
To optimise revenue the farmer must
- Have their heifers calve at <27 months
- Promote the longevity of their animals
- Maximise the milk production of their future dairy cows
Technical references: Breeders’ Club
Scope for technical and economic improvement is specific to each farm. This is why breeders’ technical/economic framework has been established in partnership with our distributors.
Today, this framework contains thousands of items of data and concrete results that are both technical and economic.
It makes it possible to analyse the scope for improvement for each farm and to measure the change in results from one year to the next for comparison.
It is also a management tool for our distributors and their sales teams: meetings and discussions among farmers, open days, testimonials.