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Forage planning for the dairy herd

The production of a large quantity of quality forage at the lowest cost requires expertise and knowledge. For this reason, we favour teamwork with your field advisors (advisory clubs, seed companies, etc.) and combine our expertise with theirs to help you achieve your forage production objectives, mainly with regard to these 4 main elements:

1. Economical: producing forages at an optimal cost

We help you calculate the production cost of your forages and implement a plan to control it. Together, we can review the different cost elements and determine where improvements can be made.

2. In the field: improving yield and quality

We calculate your crop yields, field by field, and help you choose the forage varieties according to the needs of your dairy cows:

  • Cows in lactation
  • Cows in transition
  • Heifers

We can help you determine the ideal time for first mowing and the right number of cuts for your fields. We help you monitor the maturity, quality, quantity, humidity and sustainability of the plants at harvest. Our advisors also assess risk factors which might impact feed during the winter months.

3. Harvest and storage: harvesting efficiently while maintaining quality

Properly stored forages maintain their quality. Our advisory service includes the evaluation and sizing of your storage structure (ideal number and size of silos). We also advise you on the use of additives according to the type of feed.

4. Nutrition: producing milk with a maximized margin

By providing your cows with quality forage, you can maximize their milk production and minimize costs. We help you determine the precise ratio of quality forage for optimal milk production at the best cost.

We can also help you monitor your forage inventory.

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Sampling and forage testing

It is important to know the precise composition of forages to balance rations and avoid drops in production. Our Valacta technicians master the art of sampling forages, regardless of the type of storage structure, to ensure you the most accurate analytical results possible.

You can also collect your forage samples yourself and send them to the laboratory with the analysis request card completed. Ensure you use the right technique according to the type of sampling by watching our explanatory videos.

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