Providing a highly palatable supply of energy through the robot means fresh cows are getting off to a better start and showing signs of improved fertility at Blaengorse in Carmarthenshire.
Linley Griffiths started feeding Mole Valley Farmers’ Appleboost MPG about three months ago as an alternative to straight propylene glycol after experiencing problems with feed intakes and robot visits.
Appleboost MPG is a highly palatable, high energy, synergised blend of glycerine and monopropylene glycol, infused with a fresh apple flavour that cows love.
Linley says: “We had fed propylene glycol. The first few days the cows didn’t like it, turned their noses up and dribbled out the cake. We put Appleboost MPG in and they just tucked in. It’s more palatable than the other stuff (propylene glycol), definitely. You can smell it when you open the barrel. It smells quite appley.”
As a result, robot visits quickly picked back up from 2.7 visits a day to the three visits a day that had been achieved prior to feeding propylene glycol.
The Mole Valley Farmers team can help with rationing on robot systems. For more information, please contact your local Nutritionist or call the Feed Line 01278 444829.