This week DeLaval produced its 2,500th unit of the new Feed Stations FSC40/400 – a solution created to help milk producers maintain greater control over production while reducing input costs. Feeding each cow to her individual needs throughout the lactation cycle increases milk production, optimizes use of feed, helps promote animal welfare, reduces concentrate waste, saves energy and helps cut CO2 emissions.
“Healthier cows produce more milk which in turn increases profits. Less overfeeding of cows reduces feed costs, up to 5 percent less feed is needed,” DeLaval Vice President Business Area Capital Goods Andrew Turner said.
The DeLaval feeding stations’ success lies in: their capacity to adapt to individual feeding plans for improved cow health and production efficiency, their support in managing body condition score, and their ability to stimulate regular milking intervals in voluntary milking systems.
The DeLaval feeding stations, harnessed with the company’s herd management systems or stand alone feed processors, enable farmers to program individual feeding plans for every cow based on her lactation cycle and milk yield. Cows can access their personal concentrate in small portions regularly throughout the day.
The DeLaval FSC40/400 feeding stations are part of the company’s Sustainable Dairy Farming (SDF), an initiative to support dairy farmers do more with less with solutions that meet environmental challenges, respect animal welfare and benefit customers and society.
—From DeLaval news release