Sustainable productivity for dairy farms
With the programme Kestävää Tuottavuutta (Sustainable Productivity) launched by Raisioagro in the autumn 2017, the productivity on dairy farms improves and environmental impact decreases. Carefully designed cattle feeding improves animal welfare, which leads to higher milk yield and improved feed efficiency. It also reduces methane formation and enhances nitrogen utilisation.
The Kestävää Tuottavuutta programme is based on more accurate cattle feeding and feed choices for different production stages. The programme covers the whole life cycle of a cow. It begins from the calf and heifer growth and continues throughout the milking period with optimised feeding and care. The aim is to improve the well-being of dairy cows and the amount of milk produced during their lifetime.
In 2017, the focus of Raisioagro's feeding guidance was on the calving period feeding. Hidden diseases during the calving period may take a large part of the production profitability, so the disease prevention is the basis for sustainable production.
With healthy cows, milk yield and feed efficiency are higher whereas the environmental impact of milk production is lower. Methane, nitrogen and phosphorus emissions per litre of milk decrease as a result of effective and accurate feeding.
Nitrogen and methane emissions lowered with Green feeds based on the oat innovation
Green feeds with Finnish dehulled oat increase the milk production of cows. The Green feeds designed for the Kestävä Tuottavuus feeding programme enhance the efficiency of energy and protein in the cattle feeding, resulting in lower nitrogen and methane emissions. Oily fat of dehulled oat makes milk fat softer and reduces methane formation in the cow’s rumen. Four to seven per cent less methane is generated per milk kilogram than before.