1st March 2010


So Why Record?

C.I.S. can provide you with all the necessary data and projections to enable you to make the vital decisions on the profitability of your herd.

Here are a number of examples of how we can help you to improve your herd profitability.

  • MILK PROTEIN
    • Protein Payment = 2.290 per 1% protein.
      Increase protein level of the herd from 3.0% to 3.2%
      = £22.90 per cow per year
      = £2,290 per herd

  • FORAGE
    • Increase herd average from 5,000 litres to 6,000 litres - 17 less cows needed.
      Savings in forage costs @ £110 per cow = £1870
      15 acres free to use for other enterprises
      Grazing let @ £70 per acre = £1050
      TOTAL GAIN = £2,920

  • GENETIC GAIN USE HIGH GENETIC MERIT SIRE
    • Example: - Herd Average PIN of £20 Use sire with PIN of £80.
      This will result in progeny which will produce £30 more milk per year than their mothers.
      Herd of 100 cows the gain is = £3,000

  • CALVING SEASON
    • Alter amount of milk produced at certain times of the year by changing the calving pattern
      Example: If a herd shifted 30% of its volume from April, May, June to August,September, October
      = Gain £2,250

  • MILK BUTTERFAT
    • Butterfat Payment =1.771 per 1% bf
      Increase butterfat level of the herd from 3.8% to 4.0% per year
      = £1,771

  • FEEDING
    • 100 cow herd producing 500,000 litres.
      Average concentrates fed 1.5 tonnes per cow @ £120 per tonne = £18,000 per year.
      If fed more accurately, ie. Feeding according to production and reduce feed by 0.5k g per day per cow over a 200 day period
      = Saving of £1,200 per year

  • CALVING INTERVAL
    • Each day of calving interval over 365 days = £3 per day per cow.
      If you can reduce calving interval by 5 days from any level above 370 days = £300 per day improvement 5 days = £1,500 per year

  • CELL COUNTS
    • Premium Cell Count group < 200 pence per litre 500,000 litres @ 0.5 pence="£2,500" per year