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Feed conversion efficiency (FCE) is the amount of milk produced per kilogram of feed you give your herd. Read about strategies that can help you improve the feed cost/unit of milk and your milk operating profit.

Feed conversion efficiency

Feed costs such a large proportion of variable and total costs on a dairy farm. But do you know how well your herd converts the feed it consumes into milk? Feed conversion efficiency should be a key measure of feeding system performance on your farm.

Feed conversion efficiency is a key measure of feeding system efficiency on any dairy farm, affecting feed cost/unit of milk and milk operating profit. It is also influences greenhouse gas emissions.

Feed conversion efficiency describes the amount of milk produced per kilogram of feed you give your herd and can be measured seasonally or annually.

It should always be used in conjunction with other farm physical performance measures, and financial performance measures such as annual milk operating profit and return on assets.

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Feed conversion efficiency (PDF, 49KB)

Measuring against targets, improvement strategies. Explains how to improve conversion rates, now and in future. With feed costs such a large proportion of variable and total costs on a dairy farm, it is important to measure the efficiency with which feed is converted into milk. Feed conversion efficiency (FCE) is a key measure of feeding system efficiency on a dairy farm, impacting on feed cost/unit of milk and milk operating profit. FCE is also an important factor impacting on a farm's greenhouse gas emissions.

FCE should always be used in conjunction with other farm physical performance measures, and financial performance measures such as annual milk operating profit and return on assets.

FCE is expressed in terms of the amount of milk produced per kilogram of feed given to your herd. FCE can be measured for the milking herd on an annual basis, or seasonally within each year.

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