Hybrid rye is a great addition to any dairy business looking to explore alternative forage options for dry cow and youngstock diets.
On most farms, dry cows are fed forages that change in their nutrient makeup throughout the year depending on which clamp is open at a given point in time. Therefore, when it comes to feeding over winter, rations need to be frequently amended to ensure a consistent diet when the forages change in energy, protein, fibre, and mineral content.
Hybrid rye can help alleviate these issues, by producing a high yielding crop of consistent nutritional value which can fill the clamp and be fed without alone in dry cow rations and can remove the need for straw to be fed in milking cow and youngstock rations.
Due to the energy, protein and fibre levels of the hybrid rye, there now isn’t the requirement to feed straw on farm. Hybrid rye’s nutritional content supports the needs of the dry cow and rumen function without the need to feed additional bought-in forages reducing ration cost.
To ensure the transition cows are receiving adequate amino acids, vitamins & minerals, Wynnstay has created a new dry cow blend, Transition Complete, which is formulated to be fed alongside hybrid rye either in a TMR or by being top-dressed on top of the hybrid rye in situations where a feeder waggon isn’t available.
When growing hybrid rye, the result is one crop producing all the forage nutrients required to feed dry cows. Our Transition Complete then simply balances for the correct nutritional requirement of the transition cow and providing an additional 4,000 mg of Vitamin E to boost the cows immunity.
At Wynnstay we have brought this concept of dry cow feeding to South Wales in the past three years, during this time we have gained the experience needed to rationing dry cows through this period. If you’re interested in learning more about the nutritional benefits that our Hybrid Rye can bring to your herd, please contact your local Wynnstay Representative.