Silage-Specific BMR Hybrids Increase Milk Production

Brown mid-rib hybrids can boost income from $0.50 to $0.75 per cow per day, for almost $22,000 more income from 100 cows.

Published on: Jul 3, 2006

Brown mid-rib hybrids can increase milk production by 4.8 pounds per cow per day more than cows fed non-BMR hybrids, as shown by 16 university and independent study reports published since 1999.

Cows fed Mycogen's Silage-Specific BMR hybrids can boost income from $0.50 to $0.75 per cow per day, for almost $22,000 more income from 100 cows.

The bottom line is that planting traditional grain corn hybrids for silage leads to lost profits versus planting Mycogen brand Silage-Specific BMR corn hybrids. The milk response is well worth the higher seed costs with producers seeing a return on investment ratio of 4:1.

Silage-Specific BMR hybrids have less lignin for increased dry matter intake, allowing for lower grain feeding and improvements in rumen health, as higher-forage diets are healthier.

Fiber is also 10 to 14 units more digestible in Silage-Specific BMR hybrids, compared to conventional hybrids. The lower lignin levels decrease the percentage of nutrient detergent fiber wasted as manure and can potentially decrease manure volume.

"Dairy producers are looking for ways to face the milk price challenge," says Karl Nestor, Senior Animal Nutritionist, Mycogen Seeds. "Planting and feeding BMR hybrids will enable producers to keep maximizing milk production and profitability."

For more information on Mycogen Seeds Silage-Specific BMR hybrids, growers should contact their local Mycogen Seeds sales representative or dealer.