At Tamar Milling we offer a different option for your dairy nutrition. Show us a standard dairy farm, with standard forages, where the farmer wants to produce a standard milk yield of standard compositional milk quality for a standard contract and we will produce a standard range of dairy blends.
The three simple rules of trouble-free blend
Molasses of between 2 & 4 percent inclusion
Make it today – deliver it tomorrow
Find a supplier that always follows rule 1 & 2
Blends in Bins?
We have recently hosted three farmer groups on visits around the mill. Each group contained people that had blown blended feed into a bulk bin once maybe years ago and still regretted it. Horror stories of blend going solid, or bridging and not running seemed commonplace.
There are two reasons why feed won’t run out if a bin.
1.Too much fin dust. Compacted flour will not run, cut it with a knife and it stands up vertically.
2. Molasses. Either too much, or more commonly the molasses is still sticky. Newly made blends need to stand overnight and let the molasses get absorbed by the other ingredients, then you have materiel that is not sticky and has no fine material. It will run as well as pellets and probably better than pellets that are heavily coated or delivered warm.
Cows can eat enough in the parlour…………
Feed intakes during milking are the same if not better, provided you only use palatable high quality ingredients we use such as barley, maize, wheat distiller pellets, 6mm UK sugar beet, Hipro Soya and accurately mixed molasses.
Is to use the flexibility of our blending plant to give customers the opportunity to fine tune their herd nutrition.
We offer the ability to produce bespoke blends from high quality raw materials.
Blends can be formulated to complement your own forages and other home grown feeds such as cereals or fodder beet.
Option of incorporating minerals, yeast or rumen protected fats and proteins.
Easily fine tuned to changes in forage quality
Blends delivered, as required, has a major cashflow advantage over large loads of individual straights.
Forage analysis and ration formulation service to ensure we are meeting your production goals most cost effectively.
Feed market intelligence
To help you plan your business input costs we can keep you regularly informed of feed material future market movements by email and how forward contracts for finished feeds are currently priced. This gives you the option to contract your feed requirements with us on the day the raw material market takes a dip, rather than when the rep decides to call in. In today’s volatile commodity markets timing of purchasing decisions can easily make a £30/tonne (1p / litre for some systems) saving in feed costs over the winter.
Calf and Youngstock feeds
Our range of calf and youngstock feeds have proven particularly effective in ensuring fleshy dairy heifers that reach growth targets without laying down harmful fat reserves.
Summer Dairy Feeding 2017
Well managed grazing topped up with parlour feed designed to compliment grass quality as the weather dictates and the season progresses is the proven path to higher levels of milk from forage. Tailoring parlour feeding to grass quality, grass growth and availability allows the same accuracy of rationing at grass as we get when cows are housed and fed on conserved forages. Tamar Milling monitor grazing grass quality weekly to show developing trends in grass quality and this helps to keep feed formulations in tune with grass quality. Early results from this year show higher sugars and lower fibre levels than we would expect for first grazings, possibly due to the dry autumn allowing pastures to be grazed off well, leading to lower levels of older material in the swards. Recent cold and dry weather has slowed grass growth and maturity leading to even lower levels of fibre. Watch butterfat levels closely for the next few weeks, they could come under more pressure than usual for the time of year. Sugar levels are good but protein levels are dipping below average recently in the colder weather. We also monitor milk compositional quality results as they come back from milk collections to spot early trends in butterfat and protein levels which indicate issues with rumen function or grass intakes.
All this work ensures that;
Your feed formulation is tuned to compliment the grazing in front of your cows.
The ratio of functional fibre is at the optimum for feed conversion.
Appetite and dry matter intakes of grass are maximised by keeping rumen function optimised.
Starch, sugar, NDF, functional fibre & protein are supplied at the optimum levels as the grazing season changes.
Our feeds contain only palatable, nutrient dense ingredients to ensure good intakes in parlour. Feeds are a mix of 6mm pellets and coarse meal to give a large particle size to aid rumen function when fed twice a day in parlour. Feeds formulated entirely to the cows needs not the pellet press. Successful feeding at grass is a challenge we enjoy.