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Maximizing income above feed costs with computer-formulated dairy rations

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D. L. Bath, University of California, Davis.
G. A. Hutton
E. H. Olson

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California Agriculture 26(5):5-7.

Published May 01, 1972

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Feeding trials were conducted to test a computer program designed to formulate rations resulting in maximum income above feed costs from lactating dairy cows. Factors considered by the computer include feed prices, milk prices, milk production response to varying levels of nutrients, maximum voluntary feed intake, and productive ability of the cow. Cows fed the computer-formulated rations returned $15 to $21 more income above feed costs per year than cows fed control rations.

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Mr. Swanson, Dairy Manager, and his staff at Deuel Vocational Institution assisted in conducting the feeding trial on their premises, and assistance was also received from Loren Bennett, Programmer, and R.B. Walker, Staff Research Associate, for tabulation of data, and statistical analysis.

Maximizing income above feed costs with computer-formulated dairy rations

D. L. Bath, G. A. Hutton, E. H. Olson
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Maximizing income above feed costs with computer-formulated dairy rations

Share using any of the popular social networks Share by sending an email Print article
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Authors

D. L. Bath, University of California, Davis.
G. A. Hutton
E. H. Olson

Publication Information

California Agriculture 26(5):5-7.

Published May 01, 1972

PDF  |  Citation  |  Permissions

Author Affiliations show

Abstract

Feeding trials were conducted to test a computer program designed to formulate rations resulting in maximum income above feed costs from lactating dairy cows. Factors considered by the computer include feed prices, milk prices, milk production response to varying levels of nutrients, maximum voluntary feed intake, and productive ability of the cow. Cows fed the computer-formulated rations returned $15 to $21 more income above feed costs per year than cows fed control rations.

Full text

Full text is available in PDF.

Author notes

Mr. Swanson, Dairy Manager, and his staff at Deuel Vocational Institution assisted in conducting the feeding trial on their premises, and assistance was also received from Loren Bennett, Programmer, and R.B. Walker, Staff Research Associate, for tabulation of data, and statistical analysis.


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