When it comes to dealing with the high cost of feed, don’t make knee-jerk reactions that slash rations without examining the ramifications first. Experts at
Calculate your current income over feed cost (IOFC). Aim for $6 or higher, but when milk prices are low and feed cost is high, $5 to $5.50 is more reasonable and attainable. To see how to calculate, follow this link.
Consult your nutritionist if IOFC is below this level. He may be able to bring feed cost to more-manageable levels.
Consider removing some additives from your ration. However, don’t eliminate all at once. Assess each ingredient and remove one at a time if deemed appropriate. Monitor animal performance closely to ensure the change doesn’t adversely affect production.