For most sheep and cattle producers right now is the time when energy requirements are at their highest for lambing/calving/milk production, right when growth rates of pasture are slowing down.
Forage is also typically low in fibre, therefore each kg of feed may not be utilised fully.
Do you see production losses this time of year?
Is your grazing management set for maximum pasture production?
Are your livestock scouring?
Some strategies to improve animal performance through winter:
Offer hay (pasture/cereal will do), for 2 reasons:
Take pressure off the pasture to slow down rotation
Slow down the digestion so each kg of forage is utilised
Offer some starch in the form of cereal grains
Contact Mark or Owen to discuss the additional benefits of offering starch as a supplement at this time.
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