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Find tips and resources that will help you with knowing what quantitities of each feed you will need to produce a profitable volume of milk.

Budgeting

Guesstimates aren'™t enough in business. A feed budget will enable you to know what quantities of each feed you need to buy to produce the volume of milk necessary to make a profit.

There are various feed budgeting methods and tools available (paper and software based) and many dairy advisers who can help.

Three steps to developing a feed budget

  1. Calculate your monthly feed demand.

  2. Calculate your total feed deficit for each month.

  3. Calculate quantities of each bought-in feed you require each month.

Key tips

  • Develop a month-by-month feed budget for the full year.

  • Make realistic allowances for feed wastage based on your feeding system.

  • Revise your feed budget when circumstances change.

  • Work with a business management specialist to work out your 'break-even'™ and 'target' feed prices.

  • Once you have your feed budget and your '˜target'™ feed price you are ready to go shopping.

More information

Plan for profit“ feed budgeting (PDF, 340KB)

Covers developing a monthly feed budget and allowing for waste, including:

  • How much feed to buy

  • Detailed calculation tables on monthly feed demand

  • Develop a month-by-month feed budget for the full year

  • Make realistic allowances for feed wastage based on your feeding system

  • Revise your feed budget when circumstances change

  • Daily ME requirements for different stock classes

Plan for Profit: What can you afford to pay? (PDF, 324KB)

Contents include:

  • Estimate your 'break-even' and 'target' feed prices.

  • What price could you afford to pay for feed and still achieve a reasonable profit? It'™s important to plan well before you buy.

  • Work with a business management specialist to work out your '˜break-even' and '˜target'™ feed prices.

  • Armed with your feed budget and your '˜target' feed price, you'™re now ready to go shopping.

  • Document includes worksheet and net cash flow calculation examples.

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