Ways to avoid bloat when finishing cattle
Farm consultant Graham Butcher has crunched the data on a three-year project and come up with some solutions to prevent bloat in beef.
The Beef + Lamb NZ Innovation Farm project at Matthew and Shona Tayler’s Lorne Peak Station, is now finished and the final report is due. This project was about finishing beef on “high octane pastures in challenging conditions”. Lucerne was the key feed component and the “challenging condition” was free draining glacial moraine in a low rainfall area, Garston in Southland. Even lucerne can struggle when dry.