Updated: Jul 7
Feeding Young Stock for Weight Gain:
To achieve target growth rates, we often need to supplement with grain when on low quality dry feed. Methods include:
Ad lib feeders - Time efficient and cost effective method of feeding. However this method must be monitored carefully to prevent inconsistent feed delivery and careful observation for she feeders. For best results, a suitable transition procedure must be conducted.
Trail feeding - Even feed distribution, reduced incidence of shy feeders with correct induction, physically able to monitor intakes and mob condition, potentially higher wastage but less capital cost and we see more consistent weight gain on average.
Feeding For Ewe Maintenance:
This summer is shaping up to be yet again another challenging one, with high levels of dry feed on the horizon with early summer rains and a sharp finish to the growing season.
Assessing feed availability we can see there is bulk, however high NDF and low protein leads to a false sense of security, as animal requirements for maintenance, growth or pregnancy still remain.
Nutritional requirements for maintenance can be kept to a minimum when condition scoring early in the season (NOW) as opposed requiring additional weight gain down the track. Supplying an extra 5-7 MJME of energy to make up for lost condition is a cost which could have been avoided.
For a few cents per hd per day and the additional inclusion of a protected slow release protein source, TPM Dry Feed Supplements can assist with utilisation of standing dry feed and maintenance.
The success of ruminant productivity is related to consistency, we see time and time again great results when applying this approach to livestock production systems.
Any one of our team is available to discuss your personal requirements and simple application methods.
To download a copy of this article, please click the link below…