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DAYS OPEN REDUCED WHEN POWERSTART SILAGE FED


The investigation involving over 25,000 dairy cows in the UK carried out by Genus ABS, reveals that cows fed Powerstart treated silage achieved an average reduction of 10 days in the herd calving to conception interval.  Lengthening calving interval continues to be a major issue facing the industry and for the first time a quantifiable link has been demonstrated between forage quality and reproductive performance.

Announcing the findings, John Cook BVSc DCHP MRCVS, Genus ABS Technical Services Director, comments; “The chances of a cow becoming pregnant are affected by a number of influences including the year the cow calved, the farm the cow is on and the age of the cow.  In this investigation, comparing the performance on farms that used Powerstart with non-users, we found that reproductive performance is significantly and positively influenced by feeding the treated silage.”

The average reduction in days between calving and conception was 10 days for the Powerstart group, and Mr Cook explains that with the value of each extra day open being around £3, this adds up to a £30 per cow margin boost, something that should be of immense value to all dairy farmers fighting to absorb rising feed prices.  For a 250 cow herd the benefit on fertility alone of using Powerstart is £7,500.

“We know there are significant nutrition impacts on fertility.  Good quality well-fermented and palatable grass silage forms the base of many rations in this country.  The survey demonstrates that silage quality not only affects production but can also have a huge impact on fertility and gives another outstanding reason for dairy farmers to invest in Powerstart this season,” concludes Mr Cook.

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