The efficiency of profitable pasture-based dairy systems is strongly affected by the quantity, quality, and seasonal distribution of pasture grown, and the proportion of this feed that is directly utilised by the grazing animal.
Due to the seasonal nature of pasture growth, there are periods of the year where pasture supply may be greater (surplus) or less (deficit) than animal demand.
The fundamental aim of many of our feed management decisions on farm is to maintain the balance between feed supply and demand, meeting the energy requirements of the herd while grazing pastures to maximise growth, quality and utilisation.
This section outlines key pasture management principles and other management strategies that may be used to help match feed supply and demand across the year.
Maximising feed performance
Pasture eaten is the single most important physical key performance indicator in a successful dairy farm business and can generate additional profit with very little extra effort.
Our ability to grow and harvest high quality pasture for dairy cows is the main driver of profitability for the farm business.