Tracking forage inventory informs ration decisions, feed purchases, and next year’s crop plan.
Measure or estimate forage inventory post-harvest. What went into the storage structure and what remains from the prior year?
Predict inventory usage for the coming year – consider all of the angles to lay out an informed plan. Shrink must also be accounted for and tracked, which can also help control losses on the dairy.
Compare inventory on-hand versus predicted usage. Adjust accordingly if necessary.
Feed-out should be monitored over time to ensure that pace aligns with remaining inventory. The sooner a potential inventory shortage is recognized, the sooner necessary adjustments may be made, which results in sustained health and productivity, as well as reduced purchased feed cost.