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 PennStateUniversity offer the following suggestions:

  • 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.