Other benefits of feeding maize grain

Labour

There is minimal labour required to feed maize grain through an in-shed feeding system compared to feeding silage or hay or grazing a green-feed crop. Usually the person milking the herd can “push a button” or “pull a cord” to feed each row of cows

Convenience

Maize grain is convenient to feed in that it can be ordered when required and delivered within a few days. In many cases payment for the grain is due at the end of the month by which time the grain has been fed and a milk return generated. This is very good for cashflow.

Reliablity of supply

There is an established maize grain industry in New Zealand ensuring year-round supply of maize grain as and when required.

Price stability

There are a large number of factors that impact the NZ landed price of imported feeds such as palm kernel. These include:

  • Production costs at origin
  • World demand for the product
  • Shipping costs
  • Exchange rate

Locally grown maize grain prices are subjected to less variation with the pricing being determined only by growing costs and local demand relative to supply. While the price of imported feeds tends to change on a daily basis, maize grain price is more stable over time.