Superior control over feed costs
Superior control of Feed
Most farmers will know the costs to their business that feed and supplements can bring to their farm. Feed cost can change seasonally and increased prices often align with high demand. When using a Clear-roofed Redpath shelter that lets the suns energy in the herd will use less energy trying to stay warm and thus not waste much of what they eat into the job of simply keeping warm and staying healthy. Instead what you feed them "goes onto their backs" - and the production and general health of the cow improves noticeably.
The nett result is cows that gain weight and maintain improved health levels when compared to a cow that remains outside in poor weather or held within a dark shed with a hard roof and firm based floor system.
The uptake of feed is virtually 100%, particularly when farmers choose the Redpath central service lane feeding out option. The side eave covered option also can be chosen and this helps to protect the feed from the impacts of weather.
Large savings can be quickly recognized compared to feeding outside - via the elimination of treading or stomping of the feed into pasture, with an estimated saving of 15-20% alone in feed costs by this alone. (Reference from farmer in Waikato).
These feed savings affect the farm business bottom line, and they offer a direct reduction in farmers bottom line costs.
Feed considerations when using deep litter floors:
The suggested ratio of dry matter as a % of feed is 30 -35%. Feeding less than this amount WILL have an effect of the moisture content of solids and may cause an on-going floor wetness issues when standing off cows for long periods of time, or wintering. Please check with your consultant / vet on feed mixes that will allow cost-effective 30-35% dry matter feeding when the cows are in the shelter.
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