As a young and passionate nutritionist in Slovenia I saw a potential to turnaround losses into profits on the dairy farms I worked with. The dairy farmers were in a dire economic situation. However, it was obvious there was unused production potential to explore.
I want to share my experience to show that there is a huge economic and production potential to be unleashed if you are dedicated and work systematically while having the right tools.
Most Slovenian dairy farms are family farms with 10 to 20 dairy cows producing just below 7 000 Kgs/cow/year. Roughly 20% of the milk production is exported and the milk price has remained very low compared to the rest of EU. These puts a strong economic pressure on the dairy farmer to keep production going and the family income on acceptable levels.
While working as dairy nutritionist advisor for the Chamber of Agriculture and Forestry of Slovenia (KGZS), I could see that the nutrition models used at that time weren’t sharp enough to create the results I aimed for. After testing many different tools and models, in May 2016 I was introduced to NorFor and since November 2016 I have been using it daily.