Dairy producers are averaging higher milkfat production, with the overall percentages increasing from 3.75% ten years ago to 4.25% in 2022. University of Minnesota assistant professor Isaac Salfer believes four main factors are fueling the jump in milkfat production, broken down to:
1. Improved ration formulation
2. Improved forage quality and fiber digestibility
3. Improved feed and bunk management
4. Improved genetic selection for milkfat
Salfer predicts milkfat levels will continue to increase and producers should consider feed management strategies to reach new milkfat levels.
Read more on average milkfat production and improved feed management strategies here.
Scout Now for Early-Season Corn Pests, DiseasesJune 8, 2023
Early-Season Drought Expected to Continue Despite Scattered PrecipitationJune 6, 2023
Improve Dairy Cow Fiber Degradation to Save on Feed Costs, Improve ProductionJune 6, 2023
Maximizing Starter Intake Could Lead to Financial Benefits for Dairy ProducersJune 8, 2023
Cash Cattle Market Climbs Post-HolidayJune 6, 2023