Dairy Feeds

THE AGRIFOODS RANGE OF DAIRY FEEDS

MILK PRODUCTION FEEDS

DAIRY MILK MAKER MEAL/CUBES

(16% crude protein)

 A high energy milking supplement suitable to balance roughage with a high protein to energy ratio such as good quality pasture and legume hays. Feed

approximately 0,4kg balanced with ad lib ryegrass pasture per kilogram of milk produced.

SILAGE BALANCER MEAL/CUBES

(21% crude protein)

A high protein milking supplement suitable to balance roughage with a high energy to protein ratio such as good quality maize and sorghum silages. Feed approximately 0,5kg balanced with ad lib maize silage per kilogram of milk produced.

 

MILK FLOW MEAL/CUBES

(18% crude protein, 1% urea)

This is an all purpose dairy feed. The urea supplies a rumen degradable protein source. Feed approximately 0,5kg balanced with ad lib good maize silage, 0,6kg with veld hay or grazing and 0,4kg with irrigated, fertilized pastures per kg of milk produced. This is not recommended for cows producing above 30 litres per day.

 

14% DAIRY MEAL

(14% crude protein, 1% urea)

A complete dairy production feed containing all the nutritional requirements, including roughage, for cows producing up to 25 litres per day. The urea supplies a rumen degradable protein source. Feed approximately 0,8kg per kg of milk produced. It is recommended that at least 1kg of long fibre roughage such as hay should be fed per cow per day with this feed to maximise butterfat levels.

 

NOTE ON BUFFER FEEDING

The above dairy meals can also be supplied with added buffers. These help to maintain butterfat levels where there is a shortage of roughage on the farm.

 

45% PROTEIN DAIRY CONCENTRATE

(45% crude protein, 4% urea)

A concentrate to mix with snapcorn meal in the ratio of 1 concentrate to 3 snapcorn by weight. This gives a dairy meal with 1% urea and about 16% crude protein which can be fed at the rate of about 0,55kg balanced with ad lib good quality medium protein and medium energy roughages such as star grass pasture per kg of milk produced. Where adequate roughage is available this concentrate can also be mixed with maize meal. This dairy meal is not recommended for cows producing above 30 litres per day.

DAIRY FOLLOWER FEEDS

CALF STARTER PELLETS

(19% crude protein)

These pellets are highly palatable and are the first solids to be fed to calves until weaning. The pellets should be fed ad lib with good quality hay from 4 days to 2 months of age. Feed in small amounts and gradually increase until about 1kg of meal per day is consumed before weaning on the Johnson early weaning system. At 2 months each calf should be eating about 3kg of this feed per day.

CALF GROWER MEAL

(17% crude protein)

Calves should be changed gradually from Calf Starter Pellets onto Calf Grower Meal at 2 months of age. Calf Grower Meal is a supplement for growing heifers after weaning to maintain a steady rate of gain up to 5 months of age. Feed ad lib with good quality hay, gradually increasing the amount of the meal so that at 5 month each calf is eating 4.5-5kg of Calf Grower Meal per day.

 

BULL AND HEIFER MEAL

(14,5% crude protein)

Bull and Heifer Meal is a supplement for heifers from 5 months of age until 2 months before calving and for bulls. The meal should be fed to heifers at a rate to maintain a weight gain of 650-700g/day with a minimum of 25% roughage. Usually this means that 3kg are fed per day at a stocking rate of 0,5 head/ha on veld grazing up to 15 months of age rising to 4kg per day at a stocking rate of 0,3 head/ha on veld grazing from 15 to 22 months of age.

For mature dairy bulls feed about 5kg of this feed balanced with about 10kg of good veld hay or about 40kg of good maize silage per day to maintain good condition.

 

DRY DAIRY COW MEAL

(15% crude protein)

This is a maintenance feed with a low level of calcium to prevent milk fever for cows and heifers within two months of calving, feed 4kg per day in conjunction with ad lib good veld hay and with ad lib good maize silage feed 2kg per day. For cows or heifers more than two months from calving, feed 2kg per day in conjunction with good veld hay. 3 weeks before calving change to a production dairy meal fed at a rate of 7kg per day with ad lib veld hay and 5kg per day with ad lib maize silage until calving. Dry Dairy Cow Meal is not recommended for bulls and calves.

 

UREA WARNING

All urea-containing feeds are potentially dangerous. The normally recommended precautions against urea poisoning should be taken and antidotes should be available for rapid administration if necessary. High valued breeding stock should not be fed urea containing feeds.