Feed center design is one of the critical components in minimizing shrink and maximizing labor efficiency. Dairies have seen a monthly savings of over $100,000 simply by making changes to control shrink through better management practices. Imagine what happens if you not only control expenses, but also maximizing efficiency and allow for more production!
A 4,500 cow dairy in the Midwest averaged a 6.5% shrink rate with a total average ingredient loss of 710 tons per month. This was a loss of almost $150,000 each month. By monitoring shrink and using feed center best practices:
By changing the design of the typical feed center, multiple efficiencies can be addresses such as:
Along with the design of your feed center
Making changes to your feed center layout and daily processes can make a huge difference in cutting shrink and saving money. But, in order to truly understand the cost of ingredients and the cost of feeding your cows, it is important to implement a monitoring system. This system should monitor several different variables like:
And the list goes on.
Monitoring these variables on your dairy will allow you to pinpoint problem areas and measure the success of the different solutions that you implement.
Amelicor’s EZfeed has powerful analytical capabilities that allows you to better maintain feed data, report on that data, and accurately evaluate the process. You will be able to provide accountability to your feeders by tracking feed decisions. You’ll be able to see changes and provide instant feedback on mixing performances. And, you’ll be able to evaluate areas that you are struggling in and make changes to them.
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