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Good livestock nutrition directly influences the production, product quality and profitability of your property. Find out why.

The planning and execution of nutritional management in intensive or semi-intensive livestock systems is one of the processes that most demands attention on your farm. It plays a crucial role in the outcome of the quality and volume produced of the milk or meat. Furthermore, after purchasing the animals, nutrition represents the highest production cost. 

Nutritional requirements increase due to the development of strains more adapted to modern breeding systems and the constant evolution of breeds. Bovine feeding requires better adjusted diets to satisfy their nutritional needs. These can vary by race, age, productive stage, among other factors.

Even in extensive systems, supplementation is important. The pastures, although very well managed, are barely enough to cover the nutritional requirement, especially with the objective of high production. In addition, forages suffer a great variation in quality and availability, due to factors such as soil, species, management and climatic conditions.

 In this scenario, the importance of supplementation and a balanced diet is clear. This will contribute to the production of meat and milk with greater efficiency and quality, seeking to meet the needs of the current market.

 For greater efficiency in production, the diet needs to contain the essential elements to meet the needs of livestock, whether in maintenance, growth and / or production.

Good practices for livestock feeding

Choosing the diet

It all starts with great planning. You must establish what are the objectives you want to achieve in your final product (high marbling of meat or fat content of milk, for example). Also, you need to make a very careful selection of the foods to be offered. Value all the nutritional attributes, quality of raw materials and, of course, do not forget the correct storage.

Regardless of the chosen system (feedlot or pasture supplementation), it is necessary that the process of choosing the ration is carried out by a multifunctional team. And more: it is essential that you have the participation of a specialist (agronomist, veterinarian or zootechnician). It is necessary to balance the diet with the necessary amount of each nutrient, to improve the development of the animal at each stage.

 For the formulation of rations with the maximum benefit, it is important to carry out the evaluation of residues and by-products of the industry and / or agriculture available in the region of the property, which can compose the diet of the animals. In this sense, it is up to each member of the team to collect information on nutritional quality, availability throughout the year, purchase price, logistics and storage to include in the production cost calculations.

 Each property needs a personalized diet that meets the needs of the herd to achieve the expected production, at the lowest possible cost. It is essential that all inputs have a good source, to take care not only of production, but also the health of the digestive tract of animals.

Is the formulated diet what the animals consume?

Once the diet is formulated, it is necessary to make sure that what has been formulated is actually what reaches the animal trough and what they consume. An excellent job of planning is useless if the execution and the tools used are bad. Well defined processes, a quality team, well trained and with strong leadership is of the utmost importance for this.

 In this step, the total feed mixer takes over the main role. Once used correctly, you are directly responsible for the quality of the mix and distribution of the diet. The choice of the mixer wagon is the secret of this step. Each type of car has a particular mix, mix time, and operating capacity. This choice can cause, mainly, variations in the consumption, performance and health of the animals. 

 It is very important to pay attention to the type and quality of the equipment used in this step, as well as the types of components used in the diet. It is from them that the ideal mixer model is defined. It should be noted the need to chop some material, density of the diet, if it includes fiber or not, and if the mixer is adequate to obtain homogeneity in the mixture. This avoids food selection by animals and achieves expected production.

Weighing machine

In addition, the mixer must have a good electronic balance, with weighing precision and easy operational use, so that the feed has the components in the correct order and weight. It is also important a good management of the reading information through daily and the distribution of each batch, identifying the need for quick adjustments.

Mixing and distributing food correctly is essential. These practices prevent productivity losses and the appearance of metabolic alterations related to the quality of the mix. They ensure a homogeneous and constant distribution of the diet throughout the trough, helping to maintain ruminal health. That is why it is so important to invest in a good mixer, and ensure greater and better productivity, in addition to optimizing your process and time.

 

Other crucial factors when choosing your mixer

 

Equipment availability, that is, the percentage of time that it will be operational, ensuring that your farm maintains the time schedule so necessary for the good performance of the animals.

For this it is worth highlighting:

    • The quality of the technical design, raw material and origin of the components used;
    • Availability of technical assistance in your region;
    • Availability of parts and agility of delivery by the distributor and / or manufacturer;

Operating cost per hour:

    • Hours of operation per day (number of loads and different diets, time for loading, chopping and / or mixing and distribution and travel time);
    • Energy consumption and therefore fuel consumption;
    • Maintenance cost;
    • Production cost;

Mixing capacity, because larger equipment will require less load and operating time.

So, evaluate the factors over time:

    • Cost per hour of operation;
    •  investment in equipment;
    • life of the equipment;
    • Resale value of the equipment;

If you are choosing your feed mixer, a Casale specialist can help you, without any purchase commitment. We are pioneers in mixers in Brazil and Latin America, count on us! 

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There is no “magic formula”

 

It should be noted that there is no magic formula for beef. What your neighbor does should serve for reference only, but never "copied." Each production has its challenges and peculiarities. For this reason, it is very important to have specialized technical support in the most diverse subjects and, of course, study and deepen.

 We take this opportunity to highlight some other points that are extremely important:

  • Proper management of pastures and soils;
  • Proper handling of animals, valuing health and well-being;
  • Nutritional supplementation (when necessary);
  • Quality water in a disinfected drinking fountain;
  • Feeder suitable for the type of food;
  • Large suppliers, to guarantee the necessary quality to their herd.

As you can see, it is very important to have a high-level and well-trained team that manages well and works with long-term planning. This is the only way for your farm to be in a process of continuous improvement, to increase results and improve financial health.

It was also very clear that the correct choice of the total feed mixer to be used is essential to improve the performance of your production, since most of the costs of your property, which is the cattle feed, are spent there. And so that this feed is better used by your herd, in which a large amount is invested, count on Casale products and specialists to help you in your choice.

Do you want to know more about which mixer is ideal for your project? Contact Us. One of our specialists will contact you to help you!


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