Feed wastage rates

Feed wastage rates vary with the different feed-out methods.

Feed-out method: Estimated amount of supplementary feed wasted
(range)
Temporary, relocatable – bare area & ring feeder 18%
(4-36%)
Feed allocated on pastures in the paddock 9%
(1-23%)
Semi-permanent feed-out area - compacted surface and low-cost troughing 6%
(0-17%)
Permanent, basic but functional feed-out facility – purpose built with compacted surface and concrete troughing 2%
(1-5%)
Permanent, minimal waste, maximum control - purpose-built feed-out facility, cement surface and one or more feed alleys 2%
(0-6%)
Grain feeding in the dairy (rotary and herringbone) 1%
(0-1%)

Source: Dairy Australia: Feed wastage study 2009