This months linked article's:
WHY CHEAP ISN'T ALWAYS BEST - QUALITY IS THE KEY...
GPF HIGH TBC MINERAL...
MYCOTOXINS - ARE THEY AFFECTING YOUR HERD?...
EVERY LITRE HELPS - USE FATS...
GET IT RIGHT...
PROTECT YOUR MAIZE FROM TOP TO BOTTOM...
HAS NEW ZEALAND BEEN LISTENING TO GP FEEDS?...
At GP Feeds we pride ourselves on our motto, 'QUALITY PAYS'. Ruminant
feed, both compounds and blends (usually customised), is the focus of
Each month you receive our newsletter. We believe it is informative,
up to date and tells you much about other products we are actively involved
in. We receive a lot of interest on straights products and now are getting
a similar response regarding our feeds from a cross section of farmers
including individual buying group members.
Why we wonder? Feed is the single biggest cost consideration in milk
production so, in a year when many farmers are struggling to really
get cows going, are they prepared to possibly pay a bit more, to get
the right advice and see output rise?
With feed costs escalating, and likely to continue to do so, 'short
cuts' are being taken within the industry, to the detriment of you the
GP Feeds will NOT follow this route, and with milk prices now where
they need to be, producing as many litres as possible WILL pay, even
if the inputs may cost a bit more. You know it makes sense. Challenge
your herd and challenge GP Feeds.
We don't and won't compromise our diets, by using inferior products
nor will we 'chop and change' our formulations.
As usual, when we mention products in our newsletter, there is always
an increase in demand. This has certainly been the case with molasses!
Whether you are looking for a spot load or forward contract, we believe
we have the product to suit your needs. We also believe we are the most
Molasses prices will undoubtedly rise in the not too distant future
on the back of the energy market - one of our three suppliers of molasses
has already done so.
So give the office a call to book your requirements on 01948 661602.
'Haven't got a tank? No problem - we have a tank scheme available -
call 01948 661602 and speak to Gareth for further details.
WHY CHEAP ISN'T ALWAYS BEST - QUALITY IS THE KEY
We understand many of you are concerned with the ever increasing prices
of feed, but we still believe in our motto 'QUALITY PRODUCTS FOR QUALITY
All our feeds have been carefully formulated with only the best ingredients
- we don't use fillers. Remember fillers are just that - cheaper products
used by most compounders to cheapen feed and fill your animals, but
they don't produce results or give your animal the necessary nutrients
it requires to get the best from it!
We believe in getting the whole diet of your animals right, and therefore
get the best results for YOU.
Here at GP Feeds we believe the best way to do this is by:
- Using only quality ingredients in our compounds and blends - no
- Sticking to fixed formulations - we don't change our rations as
the season progresses unless YOU ASK us to!
- Balancing the whole diet - a must for this year because of the
relatively poor grass silage.
So if you are looking for something different call us today on 01948 661602.
GPF HIGH TBC MINERAL
Yet another of our products that has seen a rise in demand - our 'GPF
HIGH TBC MINERAL' is specially formulated to tackle high cell counts.
Benefits / Features
- Contains high levels of Vitamin E
and Selenium to maximize antioxidant activity and help the cow to
combat bacterial infections in the udder.
- Contains copper from 3 different sources
(including organic) to ensure that the animal has enough bio available
Copper for its metabolic processes.
- Contain Zinc from 3 different sources
(including organic) to ensure that the animal has enough bio available
Zinc for its metabolic processes.
See dramatic results in a short space of time.
Place your order today on 01948 661602
Silaging this year has been difficult for many due to the variable
weather this summer. Here at GP Feeds we have seen many analysed samples,
and the overall trend seems to lean towards lower Dry Matter, ME and
Intake Potential than last year. In summary a winter ration for 35 litres
based on ad lib grass silage will require 11 kgs / day of concentrates
compared to 10 kgs / day in 2006 / 07.
So it is more important than ever to your silages tested and then get
your feed requirements built around the results. Contact us at the office
on 01948 661602 for details on getting your silage analysed and what
we would recommend feeding with it.
MYCOTOXINS - ARE THEY AFFECTING YOUR HERD?
Another thing we feel important to discuss this month is mycotoxins.
Mycotoxins are naturally produced mould, but invisible to the naked
eye. they can cause many problems such as:
- inconsistent milk yields
- acidosis-type symptoms
- poor rumen function
- lower leg / teat swelling
- where do mycotoxins occur?
They can often be found in silage, and with the inconsistent weather
this summer many have become the ideal breeding ground for mycotoxins.
They can also be found in many other feedstuffs on the farm.
If you think you may have a problem, here at GP Feeds we have just
the product to combat mycotoxins 'MYCOSORB' - call the office and speak
to Gareth on 01948 661602 to find out more.
'Remember mycotoxins are invisible - don't lose money
just because you can't see them'
We would like to thank all of you who attended the Open Day at Mr &
Mrs Richardson, Higher Green Farm, Byley on 6th September. From the
various comments made to us on the day an enjoyable time was had by
Once again we thank Mr & Mrs Richardson for their kind hospitality
on the day.
EVERY LITRE HELPS - USE FATS
As it has already been widely reported, the UK is unlikely to reach
milk quota till at least 2011, even with the increases in milk price.
With this in mind, we feel you should take advantage of this situation
by making every litre count. Whether by increasing litres or quality,
one way to improve these is by using fats. Here at GP Feeds we have
several that can help, our most popular ones being:
- by boosting the overall
energy of the diet it is proven to increase yield by over 2 litres per
cow per day .
- contains a high level of
C16 to maximise butterfats, sustain milk yield and maintain the cow
body condition, helping her to perform to the best of her abilities.
This product is exclusive to GP Feeds
Both Megalac & CS Plus can easily added to blends
Megalac is already included as standard in our Supreme and Excel ranges
of compounds, and both can be included if required in your custom blends.
If you need any further information on any of the above contact the
office on 01948 661602 and speak to Gareth.
GET IT RIGHT
We can't stress how important it is to feed your youngstock right,
remember these animals will progress into your main herd and have an
impact when they join. GP Feeds wants that to be a positive one.
We have many proven rations to assist you get the best from your next
generation. As we have mentioned in previous newsletters, many buying
group members feed our youngstock products. Our top youngstock rations
3.5%, Protein 16%, Fibre 6.6%)
Extremely palatable mixture fed ad lib from 2 days to 10 / 12 weeks
of age. Contains: Barley, Linseed, Sugarbeet, Hipro Soya, Flaked Peas,
Flakes Maize, Sopralin, Molasses, Minerals and Vitamins.
18% Protein, 8.2% Fibre)
Very palatable 3mm pellet fed ad lib from 2 days to 10 / 12 weeks.
Has everything needed for quick growth without fillers!
(Oil 4.2%, Protein 20%, Fibre 9.3%)
A specialist heifer replacement product to be fed from 10 / 12 weeks
of age to calving. Well balanced ration providing in excess of 1 - 1½
kilos LWG per day. Contains: Wheat, US Maize Distillers, Rapemeal, Sunflower,
Palm Kernal, Barley, Processed B Maize, Hipro Soya, Sugarbeet, Citrus,
Molasses, Minerals and Vitamins and Fat Blend.
GPF HEIFER NUTS (Oil 4%, Protein 18%, Fibre 14.4%)
Popular and cost effective alternative to Supergro Heifer Rearing 20
Nuts, still providing excellent results and uniform growth. This product
is suitable for all types of youngstock.Contains: Soya Hulls, Rapemeal,
Wheat, Wheatfeed, Palm Kernal, Sunflower, Sugarbeet, Molasses, Limestone,
Supagold Biscuitmeal, Minerals and Vitamins and Fat Blend.
As with all our feeds the ingredients have been carefully chosen for
digestibility, with well balanced starch and sugars and quality protein
sources, along with FIXED FORMULATIONS.
To discuss your youngstock requirements or for more
information on the above rations call the office today on 01948 661602.
PROTECT YOUR MAIZE FROM TOP TO BOTTOM
Although this year has seen some of the worst growing conditions for
maize, the crop is still going to play a major part in the forage base
in many rations this winter. It makes sense to ensure that as much of
the feed value as possible gets in front of your cows.
The 'waste factor' with maize silage, due to aerobic instability and
spoilage in the top few inches of the clamp, is something that most
farmers have tried to overcome, with varying degrees of success, for
many years. We at GP Feeds can help to reduce these problems with a
two-pronged, scientifically proven approach.
Treat the silage with 1-2 litres / tonne of Protect. Protect uses proven
food preservative technology to kill the yeasts and moulds that are
present on every crop and which are the principal spoilage organisms
once 'made' silage is exposed to air. Protect has a dual action, infusing
the sealed clamp with sulphur dioxide gas which is lethal to spoilage
micro organisms, and forming a low level of benzoic acid which inhibits
the growth of yeasts and moulds once the clamp is open. Since temperature
plays a major part in the ability of these organisms to multiply, maize
silage that is intended for use during the spring and summer should
be treated at the higher rate of 2 litres / tonne. Remember, because
Protect works by producing a gas, the clamp must be sealed for at least
two weeks before use.
Cover with ClampFilm. The top few inches of any silage are always the
least well consolidated, so some air is always present, which prevents
a true anaerobic fermentation taking place. Respiration of the plant
material continues and allows the degradation of the top layers, effectively
creating compost. The only really easy way to stop this is to create
an airtight seal as quickly as possible.
Normal black silage sheeting is not flexible enough to contact the
silage in every dip and hollow, and is also oxygen permeable, so rarely
forms a complete seal. New ClampFilm is a low cost, tough 40 micron
sheet with very low oxygen permeability. When laid in direct contact
with the silage it is sucked down onto it as the residual air is used
up, forming a 'shrink-wrap' seal and virtually eliminating top and shoulder
waste. Very quick and easy to unroll and spread, ClampFilm eliminates
the time-consuming and laborious salt spreading that has been use by
many to overcome the 'top-waste problem'. Once in place the side sheets
are pulled over and a normal silage sheet weighted down on top.
FOR PRICES AND TO PLACE YOUR ORDER RING THE OFFICE ON
HAS NEW ZEALAND BEEN LISTENING TO GP FEEDS?
REVOLUTION IN ATTITUDE TO PROFITABLE DAIRY FARMING IN NEW ZEALAND
Improving nutrition rather than ramping up herd numbers is now being
viewed by New Zealand dairy farmers as key to future profitability,
according to Rev Crawford, business manager with NRM, New Zealand's
largest stock feed company.
Speaking this week during a fact-finding visit to the UK, Mr Crawford
said New Zealand milk prices are up by 50% to a record high and land
values are soaring. Dairy farmers in New Zealand are, he said, undergoing
a revolution in their attitude to feeding the country's four million
cows which have traditionally had a grass diet with average herds yielding
around 325kg (3800 litres) and top herds yielding 500kg (6000 litres).
Last season the majority of farmers were paid NZ$4.50 per kilo of milk
solids. This season it is expected to be closer $NZ 7.00/kg, the highest
payout New Zealand farmers have ever seen. The value of heifers has
also risen dramatically. "Most of the milk from New Zealand is
exported onto the world market and the price is being driven by global
commodity prices which have risen significantly over the past year.
The New Zealand dollar has been strong over the last 12 months but is
forecast to weaken, further good news for farmers," said Mr Crawford.
He predicted New Zealand farmers will go down the route of trying to
improve productivity per head rather than increasing herd size as has
been the trend over the past 10-20 years.
According to David Sutton (International Rep for Volac International),
the UK's top dairy farmers are already fully aware of the folly of cutting
corners with feeding. As he pointed out, they are not striving for 1000
cow herds. "Our best dairy farmers are working with units of a
manageable size which operate efficiently in terms of production and
herd health. UK producers are good stockmen and they know cows are not
machines - each animal is different," he said.
Dairy farmers in the UK, David Sutton added, were in a better position
to adapt to global changes than many countries because, due to scale
and climate, they have to be good, responsive managers.
Historically in New Zealand, said Mr Crawford, herd sizes have been
increased by buying more land. However, land prices have increased from
NZ$ 7000-10,000 (£2500 - £3500) per hectare for prime grassland
a few years ago to NZ$ 45,000-50,000 (£16,000 - £17,700)
per hectare now and availability has dried up. There have also been
problems with labour supply.
"The culture of New Zealand dairy farmers five years ago was that
if you had to use supplementary feeding you were a failure," said
"However, the trend among more progressive farmers since then
has been to introduce additional feeding and these innovative farmers
are feeling the benefits in milk response now," he said. Lactation
has also been extended by 7-14 days as a result of better nutrition
and producers are seeing cow longevity benefits too.
And according to David Sutton of Volac, recently returned from a trip
to New Zealand, one of the huge problems now facing dairy farmers there
is reproduction and longevity. "Cows are crying out for true nutrition
and mega joules," said Mr Sutton, who is seeing soaring demand
for supplementary products such as Volac's Megalac.
Palm kernel meal use in dairy rations has doubled each year in past
four years to about 400,000 tonnes and NRM effectively sold out of feed
"In New Zealand at the moment if you want to put in a parlour
feeding system on your farm you would be looking at an 18 month waits
because of the huge demand," said Alun Faulkner, NRM nutritionist.
"There is a need to take a more scientific approach to feeding
cows in New Zealand now and that is why we are in the UK. The myth is
that your systems are very complex but the reality is we are seeing
some excellent simple feeding systems," Mr Faulkner added.
FOR PRICES AND TO PLACE YOUR ORDER RING THE OFFICE ON 01948 661602
QUALITY PRODUCTS FOR QUALITY PRODUCTION
Gareth or Rachel (Office)
01948 661602 Fax 01948 871776
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