- Animal Health & Welfare
- Breeding & Genetics
- Financial Business Management
- Grassland Management
- People Management
Successful rationing involves achieving the best possible balance between a number of key nutritional, practical and financial factors.
The most important priorities in rationing are:
- To deliver an adequate supply of the nutrients required to meet the cows' needs
- To achieve a balance of ingredients that will optimise rumen function and nutrient utilisation
- To ensure the ration can provide the required nutrition within the cows' intake capacity
- To make the most of the lowest cost (often home grown) feeds for the greatest economy
- To provide rations which can be fed effectively with the equipment and facilities available.
Chapter 7 of feeding+ covers aspects of assessing cow requirements, potential intakes, methods of formulation plus monitoring.