Feed efficiency as an important item
Farm efficiency is very complex and covers a large number of items.
Ekcheese started in 2013 a monitoring program with 5 goatfarms in the Netherlands.
The objective is to improve the efficency by collecting relevant data and comparing results from the different farmers.
As the most important item the group started with comparing feed efficiency, production and quality of the milk.
Recent figures of milk production /goat in Europe shows considerable differences .
Country: Average production /goat/year:
- Greece 190 kg
- Spain 280 kg
- France 590 kg
- Netherlands 990 kg
- EKcheese farmers group 1240 kg (the farmers participating in the monitoring programme
Feed efficiency ( conversion of feed into milk) is one of the important factors that lead to high production.
Therefore the focus of the study group was at feed.
Farmers take care for weekly input in a database of follwing figures
-percentages fat and protein
-nr of goats
- price , kg's and type roughage
-price , kg's and type concentrate pellets
-price , kg's and type other feed ( fa fresh feed)
In periodic reports the model gives:
Average kg milk/goat/day
average protein anf fat/goat/day
Dry matter content/kg milk
cost per kg milk
Graph of percentages fat and protein, cost/kg milk . kg milk/goat /day
a summary of the results of 2013 and 2014 is to see in: Farm efficiency.pdf
Ekchees offers this services to farmers who want to participate in this monitoring.
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