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Poorly targeted nutrition risks beef penalties of up to £200/head

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Source: Charlotte Ward, KW Nutritionist

Losses due to out-of-specification carcases is a major drain on finishing margins, but can be largely avoided by better matching rations to cattle requirements.

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Correct starch choice critical to cow performance this winter

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Source: Dr Anna Sutcliffe, KW Nutritionist

Careful choice of starch feeds is critical this winter if milk producers are to get the most from this year’s grass silages and maximise margin over feed costs.

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Consistent high performance the key to beef system’s success

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Source: Dr Anna Sutcliffe, KW Nutritionist

Using moist feeds to finish beef at Northumberland’s Lilburn Estate produces remarkably consistent results, and in a way that’s sustainable and highly profitable.

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Ration balance critical to benefit from multi-cut grass silages

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Source: Dr Anna Sutcliffe, KW Nutritionist

Taking more cuts of grass silage will increase feed value, but the extra protein can make creating a winter ration that’s below 19% crude protein a challenge.

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Missing early growth potential undermines beef profitability

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Source: Charlotte Ward, KW Nutritionist

Missing early growth potential in late-maturing beef cattle due to low ration protein quality extends finishing, increases feed requirements and reduces margins.

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Acidosis at turnout a major threat to rumen function and profitability

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Source: Charlotte Ward, KW Nutritionist

Failing to correctly balance the nutrients in spring grass with effective buffer feeding will reduce feed efficiency, milk from forage and income over feed costs (IOFC).

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Poor fertility costing herds dearly, but improved feeding can help

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Few milk producers fully calculate the cost of poor fertility, which can cost herds as much as 3.5ppl, but improved feeding in early lactation can help.

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More accurate feeding can cut pollution and boost margins

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Source: Dr Anna Sutcliffe, KW Nutritionist

Upcoming targets to reduce atmospheric pollution will require improved nitrogen use efficiency within the dairy sector, and better feeding has a key role to play.

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Liquid protein opportunity to boost beef ration value and margins

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Source: Dr Anna Sutcliffe, KW Nutritionist

Poor feed choice can add 10–15p/head to daily feed costs, reduce carcase quality and increase finishing times, seriously undermining beef margins.