By Dr. Laurie Winkelman
In tough economic times, nutritionists often get questions and requests to reduce feed costs on farms. From a nutrition standpoint, a cow needs what a cow needs and that won’t change if milk is $25 per cwt or $12 per cwt.
However, that doesn’t change the fact that, when milk prices are low, questions on feed costs still come up. In the big picture, shaving a nickel or less per day from ration costs won’t save a dairy financially, especially if milk is lost along the way. Saving 5 cents in rations and losing a pound of milk - worth 12 or 15 cents - is a losing venture every time.