Dry matter, matters!

High dry matter content in KWS Feedbeet

Global demand for dairy and meat products is increasing, but current market developments put prices under pressure which can make life as a dairy or livestock farmer challenging. In UK dairy production, feed typically accounts for 30-40% of the total cost of production. Therefore any savings in ration costs or improvements in feed conversion ratios are quickly translated into improved business performance.

Traditionally, beet grown for feeding to livestock were bulky and carried a high water content. This is no longer the case. Modern KWS Feedbeet varieties feature higher dry matter levels. On average KWS Feedbeet deliver up to 44% more DM per tonne of fresh weight then low† DM fodder beet varieties.

Dry matter content / yield in KWS Feedbeet vs. fodder beet


Source: KWS own trials

Reducing feed costs based on DM

The impact of higher dry matter levels on ration costs is substantial. Assuming a price of £35/tonne of beet, KWS Feedbeet with a dry matter content of 23% reduces the costs paid per kg DM to 15 pence. This is about 30% less than the cost per kg DM for a low DM fodder beet at a price of 22 pence per kg DM.

More information on KWS Feedbeet

Dry matter, matters!

High dry matter content in KWS Feedbeet

High energy source

KWS Feedbeet is an energy-rich feed consisting of highly palatable and digestible carbohydrates, such as sugar, pectin and hemicellulose.

Improved milk quality

Cows which are fed KWS Feedbeet deliver better quality milk.

Improved beet agronomics

The range of KWS Feedbeet varieties have been specifically bred to meet the needs of high output dairy producers