DLF Fiber Energy is a forage concept from DLF offering forage grass varieties which are able to release more energy to animal. The result is an increased milk and meat production.
Increased live weight gain and higher milk yields mean a higher profit. With DLF Fiber Energy we increase digestibility of the grass to increase the rumen efficiency. The result is a higher out, meaning more milk and meat. When digestibility is increased, more energy is released to the cow.
Every 1% increase in Digestibility results in around 0.25 l more milk per cow per day or 24 grams increase in live weight per day.
With DLF Fiber Energy we improve digestibility with up to 8%. This increases the milk and meat production by up to 730 l per cow or 70 kg live weight gain per year.
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Grasses bearing the DLF Fiber Energy badge give ruminants more energy from every mouthful. These highly digestible forage grasses increase your milk and meat production.
DLF Fiber Energy is a selection of forage grasses that release more energy from their fibers.
DLF Fiber Energy grasses are up to 8% more digestible than similar forage grasses. Better digestibility provides more energy for your cows, which leads to increased milk or meat output.
Include more DLF Fiber Energy varieties in your mixture, and use best field practice to increase the quality of your feed. The more DLF Fiber Energy varieties you add to your mix, the more digestible your forage becomes.
For every 1% increase in digestibility, your milk production rises by an average of 0,25 liters per cow per day. An 8% improvement in digestibility raises output by an average of 2 liters per cow per day.
For every 1% increase in digestibility, your meat production rises by an average of 24 grams per cow per day. An 8% improvement in digestibility raises output by an average of 192 grams per cow per day.
The effect on profitability from using DLF Fiber Energy depends on your local market prices. A small increase in grass digestibility of only 1% is enough to give you about 91 extra liters of milk and roughly 8,76 kg more meat per cow per year.
DLF Fiber Energy includes varieties of perennial ryegrasses, festuloliums, tall fescues and hybrid ryegrasses.
Yes, if you add DLF Fiber Energy varieties to your grass-seed mixture, you will increase the quality and value of your forage.
Yes, you can mix DLF Fiber Energy grasses with any other grass species or varieties.
Add DLF Fiber Energy varieties to your mixture whenever you want to improve the quality of your feed.
The seeding rate is similar to that for non-fiber-energy varieties.
Yes, overseeding with DLF Fiber Energy will improve your sward and forage quality.
Between 7 and 10 cm, much like any other forage grass.
The optimal cutting times are at the beginning of heading and every 25 to 30 days thereafter.
DLF Fiber Energy varieties do not necessarily yield more grass. Instead, they release more energy from every kilogram of feed, giving you a higher output from the same input.
DLF Fiber Energy grasses are excellent for grazing and for silage.
Yes, DLF Fiber Energy grasses pass through your cows faster and release more energy on the way.
Because your cows extract more energy from DLF Fiber Energy grasses, you may be able to decrease the amount of concentrates you use, without reducing yields.
No, DLF Fiber Energy does not affect rumen microbiology. The fibers degrade faster, but they don’t produce any of the adverse effects that sugar produces.