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FAO Ration Formulation Tool for dairy cows

The FAO Ration Formulation Tool for dairy cows calculates least-cost rations for dairy cows using locally available resources. It has been specifically designed for techinicians looking for a simple and easy to use formulation tool. Meeting the nutrient requirements of dairy animals using a balanced diet is vital for enhancing animal production, health and welfare, and farm profitability. It is also helpful for reducing adverse effects of livestock rearing to the environment.

Click on one of the links below to download the FAO Ration Formulation Tool for dairy cows in English, French or Spanish:

Note: as of June 2021, Google Chrome prevents the downloading of these files for security reasons. You can use another browser (Firefox or Edge) or force Chrome to download the file: Right-click on the link, Save as..., and then click on the little arrow on the right of the download box (next to the file name) at the bottom of Chrome to choose Keep instead of Delete.

The file contains the tool itself (it requires Microsoft Excel), a user guide, an administrator guide and a training course. A webinar is also available at http://fao.adobeconnect.com/p1j0yeau91s.

L'outil de rationnement de la FAO pour les vaches laitières permet de concevoir des rations au moindre coût en utilisant les ressources disponibles localement. Il a été spécialement conçu pour des techniciens qui recherchent un outil de formulation simple et facile à utiliser. Répondre aux besoins nutritionnels des vaches laitières grâce à une alimentation équilibrée est vital pour améliorer la production animale, la santé et le bien-être, ainsi que la rentabilité des exploitations. Une ration équilibrée réduit également les effets néfastes de l'élevage sur l'environnement.

Esta herramienta de racionamiento de la FAO para vacas lecheras permite de diseñar raciónes con formulación de menor costo utilizando recursos disponibles a nivel local. La satisfacción de los requerimientos nutricionales de las vacas lecheras a través de una dieta equilibrada es vital para mejorar la producción animal, la salud y el bienestar, así como la rentabilidad de las granjas. Una dieta equilibrada también reduce los efectos negativos de la ganadería sobre el medio ambiente.