One year of using the NorFor Feed Ration Optimizer has increased milk yield and enhanced feed efficiency at Niels Otto Lund’s organic dairy farm with 350 Holstein cows in southern Denmark. In that time, the average milk yield has increased by 700 kg to 9 200 kg. Using the NFRO concept has also raised awareness of the importance of utilizing the farm’s resources properly, while also improving staff relations through a higher degree of employee involvement.
Both farmers and their advisers benefit from the farmers undertaking their own feeding controls, says Aase Holmgaard, an organic dairy adviser who works with Niels Otto Lund’s dairy farm, among others, on a regular basis. Nowadays, she can spend more time on development issues and less time on calculations.
With the NFRO concept, feeding control can be done easily and frequently. On that basis, advisers can monitor the herd much more closely, with better results. The yield increase seen in Niels Otto’s herd is without a doubt a result of our intensive follow-up efforts, Aase Holmgaard concludes.