The quantity of milk produced is approximately 20kg per cow per day although the production may vary with different feeds and stage of lactation (early lactation, mid lactation and late lactation). Water and minerals (salt) must be available always. Some minerals cannot be offered as free lick and has to be mixed thoroughly with dairy feeds.
Also note that heifer’s production may vary compared with an older cow. On average, the following is milk production for a heifer up to a 3rd lactation cow in my farm,
- First Lactation (20 – 22kg) of milk per day.
- Second lactation (22 – 25kg) per day
- Third & future lactation (24kg and above) per day.
At 20kg per cow per day the yearly production would be approximately 7,200 kg. The average yield per cow in Kenya is estimated to be between 564 kilograms and 1000 kilograms per year.
Note that I am obtaining very good yields from my cows. Read more about my dairy farm and how I’m maximizing Production.
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