Abigail’s Fodder for Thought – The Fodder Advantage for Dairy Operations
Spring has sprung across (most) of the US, so I’m hoping you’re able to let your cows out to enjoy the fresh, green pasture. While of course I encourage my customers to use it while they have it, if recent years have taught us anything, we may not have it for long. With some of the funkiest weather I have ever experienced wreaking havoc on most of the country it is becoming more important to put yourself back in the driver’s seat of your operation. Queue the Fodder-Pro 2.0 Feed System. At the first sign of dwindling pasture you can crank up the system and have fresh, healthy feed in just seven short days.
I have been working with the fodder product line for a few years now and I’ve heard everything from, “I only need a winter supplement” to “we have pasture so I don’t need fodder.” While, of course, the choice sits fully with the end user, the only complaint I have had from my fodder customers is that they wish they had gotten their Fodder-Pro 2.0 Feed System sooner. Those who thought they would only use it in the winter love having the systems available for the peak summer months. Those who have beautiful pasture year round love the control over feed that fodder provides.
My customers consider fodder their competitive advantage. Gone are the days of maintaining animals through the winter to get back to high spring production. Gone are the days of sporadic production periods, depending on whether it’s April or August. Say “Hello!” to the future of year-round, sustainable, high-quality production, regardless of what is happening on the other side of your growing area wall.
My dairy customers are not only happy with the fact that they have an on-demand fresh, green feed source, they are also impressed by the great health and production benefits for their cows. Fodder makes more of the essential nutrients in feed available to cows than traditional hay and grain. The sprouts are easy for ruminants to digest, making fodder an ideal feed option for cattle.
Dairy operations that are currently feeding fodder have seen reduced somatic cell count in milk, decreased acidosis and mastitis, as well as higher milk production and butterfat content. Another great benefit for dairy cows is that they will be able to produce milk for a longer portion of their life. Fodder is a great choice all-around for dairy animals. Drought-proofing your farm while increasing the health and production of your animals sounds like a win-win to me!
Being proactive and prepared for whatever Mother Nature has to offer will allow you to maintain your production levels, if not exceed them, throughout the year.