Feeding to yield and reproductive performance
The cost of concentrates is approximately 8.5 pence sterling per litre of milk sold from 1 farm in the North of Ireland. Calving patterns in the north of Ireland are non-seasonal. Flat rate feeding of cows results in a disproportionate supply of concentrate requirements between fresh and stale cows. This results in feed to yield in the milking parlour which enables a better supply of ration to meet the requirements of the cows. However body condition score and locomotion score needs to be borne in mind in this system.