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Updated standards for young stock

Wim Govaerts

Given recent developments in dairy farming with dairy farmers further pushing for intensification, we at Farmdesk chose to adjust the feeding standards for young cattle for fast growth and early calving date.

The faster the young cattle mature, the faster they can go into lactation. If they grow slower they take up more space and produce more manure with no farm value added. This is detrimental to the farm.

Thus, the standards for dry matter intake, VEM, FOS and crude protein were slightly increased, and the standard for crude fiber was slightly decreased. See charts below.

About the authors

  • Wim Govaerts

    After completing his Master's degree in Agricultural Sciences, Wim Govaerts founded a consultancy firm specializing in technical and business-economic advice for companies involved in milk-producing ruminants. Within Farmdesk, alongside his role on the board, he serves as an agricultural expert, combining extensive theoretical knowledge with practical experience.