With feed still one of the biggest costs facing British dairy farmers, 2021 is the year to focus on driving milk production from our best British crop: grass. Whether it is grazed, clamped or baled, cows need quality forage.
Following the prolonged dry weather this summer, AHDB conducted a fodder stock survey, which aimed to collect information on the current stock levels across the UK. There were 110 responses, with the majority of respondents living in the South West of England.
This guide collates the available knowledge and numbers on forage utilisation and feeding. This data is drawn from AHDB’s extensive research and resources, as well as experienced industry advisors and centres of forage utilisation expertise across the world.
The general volatility and upwards trend in the price of protein feeds (i.e. soya) available for dairy rations coupled with the concerns over the environmental risk of nitrogen losses challenge the sustainability of the dairy farm system.