Optimising lifetime daily yield Optimising lifetime daily yield

Optimising lifetime daily yield

Lifetime daily yield is a measure of the entire milk production for each day of the cow's life. This indicator has a great importance in terms of economic performance for the farmer and will reflect animal management, welfare, longevity and cow potential.

How to recognise

  • When a heifers’ first calving is too late it will not only affect that animal's total productive days, but also compromise their production potential over their lifetime
  • Lactation curves that do not adjust to normal levels, with late milk peaks, short lactations and low persistence, reflect nutritional inefficiencies and management issues
  • Low lactation numbers in the herd are the result of high involuntary culling rates mainly in young cows due to the accompanying high prevalence of metabolic diseases and poor fertility

The impact on the farmer

A low lifetime daily yield is an indicator of poor animal management, inefficient cow production and compromised animal welfare, which has a negative impact on the profitability of the farm.

Low lifetime daily yield is synonymous with low longevity in the herd, which not only affects the farm’s profitability but also negatively impacts consumers' confidence regarding farmers' adherence to animal welfare and environmentally friendly production.

Our offering for optimising lifetime daily yield



The NutriOpt dairy model helps the farmer to ensure a balanced diet for healthy cows by defining your feeding strategy based on the processes taking place along the whole gastrointestinal tract. It is a dynamic model and provides a unique combination of nutritional and ruminant-specific parameters to ensure optimal rumen function. 

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The LifeStart feeding schedule for dairy calves, that includes elevated planes of nutrition during the first weeks of life, has a significant impact on the future growth and organ development of a dairy calf, resulting in a better performance later in life.

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The HealthyLife programme focusses on the transition to lactation. It is a  practical, science-based programme helps farmers increase a cows’ number of lactations by improving fertility, increasing milk yield per lactation and reducing involuntary culling, all leading to an increase in lifetime daily yield.

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Our Ruminant team consists of:

Mark Hall - Technical Manager Ruminants

Alicia Wilson - Technical Sales Manager Feed Additives

Isabelle England - Technical Account Manager

Nacia Bonnick - Technical Advisor

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