Ration formulation

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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.