20 August 1999
Milk producers told to watch costs not output
Sinclair Mayne, head of dairy research at the Northern Ireland
Agricultural Research Institute, told dairy farmers to cut their costs
rather than increase output if they wanted to improve their margins.
He also raised questions about the reliance on grass silage and urged
increased use of feed concentrates.
Mayne told a seminar in Dumfries that elsewhere in Europe, maize
silage is producing high-quality feed at much lower cost. He also said
the use of concentrates as a supplement has the advantage of allowing
extra feed to be targeted at individual high-yielding animals.
He said high-quality grass plus strategic feeding was the way to