Benefits

Title
Economic impact of improving parlor performance
How much is heat detection training worth?
How much is feeder's training worth?

 

 

Economic impact of improving parlor performance

Parlor performance & milk production
1,100 cow herd
Reduced time / milking
Benefit / month
  • Cows will spend more time lying down

  • More milk and profits

  • Improved labor efficiency

  • More work can get done

    Assuming milk price @ $17 Assuming 3 extra # of milk for every extra hour of rest (Hill & Grant, JDS, 2007)

 

How much is heat detection training worth ?

% of cows observed in heat
Times
Observed ------ Number of minutes observed
20
1
2
3
4
  • The more people watching cows the better chances to catch cows in heat
  • If each day open costs $2.00, then each heat missed costs $42.00
  • Good training can be worth more than $24,000 / year

Source: W. Graves, U of GA extension


How much is the feeder's training worth ?

Training feeders can help...
500 cows
1,500 cows
3,500 cows
5,000 cows
Month/Year
Month/Year
Month/Year
Month/Year
Reduce shrink by 2.5%
$2,813
$33,750
$8,438
$101,250
$19,688
$236,250
$28,125
$337,500
Reduce feed refusals from 3% to 1.5%
$1,688
$20,250
$5,063
$60,750
$11,813
$141,750
$16,875
$202,500
Reduce loading error from 2% to 1%
$1,125
$13,500
$3,375
$40,500
$7,875
$94,500
$11,250
$135,000
Total Savings
$5,625
$67,500
$16,875
$202,500
$39,375
$472,500
$56,250
$675,000

 

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