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How accurate feeding has added 1,700 litres to yield

Rob Metcalfe on-farm

A large Yorkshire dairy has streamlined its feeding routine while adding five litres to daily cow yield over the past five years.

Metcalfe Farms, in Leyburn, North Yorkshire, is one of a growing number of larger dairy units that have simplified total mixed ration (TMR) feeding with an all-in-one vertical auger machine.

The control and consistency it brings to feeding the herd is a key reason why yields have lifted from an average of 10,800 litres a lactation in 2018 – when the Metcalfes won the Gold Cup – to 12,500 litres a cow today.

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