Managing quality and supply risks when buying feed
This spring - summer, with very low fodder reserves, many farms will be highly reliant on bought-in fodder and other feeds.
For these farms, managing quality and supply risks when buying feed will be very important.
- Focus on securing your fodder requirements first
- Check feed thoroughly before buying and at delivery for quality
- Use feed analysis to see how each feed stacks up in terms of its relative cost per unit energy and protein
- Take the time required to collect a truly representative sample. Don’t take short cuts
- Ensure your feed sample gets to the laboratory ASAP with minimal deterioration
- Confirm verbal agreements with feed suppliers in writing
- Ensure that the feed delivered to your farm is as specified
- Consider whether your farm’s feed storage facilities will be adequate.