How much harvested forage or purchased grains and commodities are wasted? A trailer load of corn grain costs in excess of $8,000, says Bob James, extension dairy scientist at Virginia Tech. Reducing shrink from 10 percent to 5 percent is worth over $400. Examine the following areas and correct problems that can increase shrink:
- Dry storage.
- Insect and animal damage.
- Spillage during loading of mixer wagons.
- Overloading the mixer wagon.
For more details about this topic and other aspects of feeding management, check out the full article in the November-December 2011 issue of the Virginia Tech Dairy Pipeline.
Also, see “Feed shrink may be robbing you blind.”
Source: Virginia Tech Dairy Pipeline