ArticleVolume Number April 15, 2020

Collective Decrease in Production: How can you flatten the curve of its effects on your business?

8 stratégies pour maintenir ses revenus en situation de baisse de droit de produire

The collective efforts required to adjust to market requirements during the Covid-19 pandemic are likely to have adverse effects on your business. Although you have no control over the imposed production limits, there are still some things that can be done to "flatten the curve" of the financial impact and be resilient during this difficult time.

There is no ‘magic bullet’ of course.  It is a matter of ‘upping our game’ in all aspects of management and taking care of details.

Here are some possible solutions to explore:

  1. Perform or update production planning 

  • Conduct animal inventory planning and make appropriate decisions according to both the current situation, and what is to come. 
  1. Return over feed - be aware of your situation and target opportunities for improvement
  • Monitor feed costs and feed margin
  • Milk: concentrates ratio
  • Evaluate the effect of additives
  1. Dry and transition periods
    • Optimize feeding to avoid metabolic problems at calving (especially if you plan to dry off cows for more than 60 days)
    • Monitor colostrum quality
  2. Reproduction
    • Ensure that reproduction is going well; cows must maintain their capacity to calve again, quickly.
  3. SCC: take advantage of the milk quality premium
    • Maintain good milking practices and continue to apply strict protocols.
  4.  Feeding
    • Review animal groups
    • Reassess grain texture
    • Calibrate TMRs/concentrate distributers
    • Reassess additive strategies
    • Update inventories (silage and hay)
    • Evaluate forage intake: Could it be better? Could the silage proportions be increased for later stage of lactation?
  5.  Replacement animals
    • Calculate feeding and heifer raising costs and look for ways to decrease them
    • Review your milk feeding strategy
    • Follow up on growth monitoring to determine age at first breeding

You can also take advantage of this situation to preform an overall business analysis to identify other revenue opportunities and relaunch production at full capacity when the time comes.

More to read; Collective Decrease in Production: How to Meet the Challenge on the Farm

You are not alone!

No matter where you are across the country, get your advisory team involved! Do not hesitate to contact them remotely (Skype, FaceTime,  telephone, etc.) for their support in choosing solutions that apply to your situation. We are all committed to helping you thrive during this collective effort, while minimizing its impact on your business.

Finally, take advantage of Lactanet’s ‘No Contact’ milk recording services. With up-to-date information on production, components, SCC, and other data, you will be in a better position to make decisions. 

* Some services offered may differ depending on the region. Please contact our Customer Service to discuss options:

Lactanet West (Ontario and Western Provinces):  Email us @ Customer Service or call 1-800-549-4373.

Lactanet East (Quebec and Atlantic Provinces): Email us @ Customer Service or call 1-800-266-5248.