Yeast benefits in case of challenging diary context

The Dairy Herd informs that in early May international milk prices slipped, weighing on hopes that prices were beginning to recover after two consecutives auctions of gains. The fortnightly Global Dairy Price auction showed prices had dipped 1.4 percent to USD 2,203 per ton. A total of 20,615 tons was sold at the latest auction, falling 2.8 percent from the previous one.

Even if analysts said that the news was not all bad, especially for New Zealand, European dairy context is still challenging. And low milk prices are the main challenge. The fact of the matter is that farmers commonly deal with low milk prices more frequently than adequate or good milk prices. Consequently, the first elements to be pulled out from the rations in order to reduce production costs are feed additives, and so until prices improve.

However, yeast supplementation is always important, especially when prices are down. Yeast helps with support and improvement of feed efficiency, which means a higher quantity of milk produced for the same quantity of feed, or the same quantity of milk for less feed. Either way, the return over feed cost is improved. More specifically, European market is facing a too high supply due to over production volumes following the end of milk quotas. The main current desire is consequently not to produce more milk, but to reduce feed cost for the same milk quantity and/or to increase milk price with a milk of better quality (fat and protein rates). Yeast feeding also helps with rumen stability particularly during environmentally challenging periods (heat stress, transition periods, etc.). And while there is a cost to yeast supplementation (around EUR 0,03/head/day in dairy cows for RumenYeast from ICC), the returns have repeatedly been demonstrated, and reported, both by the research and on-farm trials. Moreover, since it is not uncommon for ration parameters to change when milk prices are low (pressure to reduce ration costs resulting in a lower ration quantity) feeding yeast can help maintain and improve rumen function when the quality of a proper ration may be compromised. Regarding veterinarian and medicines expenses, the reduction of these costs due to the use of a natural solution with accessible price should not be taken lightly.

In any case, yeast will always bring benefits in terms of quantity of milk produced and/or milk quality (fat and protein rates) and/or health status and/or animal welfare. The extra investment will be quickly profitable. 

Source :  SUTRALIS 
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