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Ways to avoid bloat when finishing cattle

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.

Time to re-think feed planning

Time to re-think feed planning

The essentials you will need for effective feed planning are:

  • Accurate knowledge of paddock and farm areas
  • The ability to measure or visually assess the amount of pasture in a paddock
  • A knowledge of seasonal pasture growth on your farm
  • Access to up-to-date sheep and cattle feeding tables
5 things to consider when designing Cattle Yards

5 things to consider when designing Cattle Yards

Designing a new set of Cattle Yards is a once in a lifetime project for most farmers as well as a big investment. There are many things to consider when planning your new Cattle Yards; they should allow safe, efficient handling for drafting and loading-out as well as be easy to use for animal husbandry procedures such as weighing, drenching, vaccination, ear tagging and pregnancy testing.

Benefits of using EID tags for sheep

Benefits of using EID tags for sheep

There are many potential flock and cost management benefits of electronic identification (EID) for sheep producers to use on the farm. Find out more in this article.

Best practices for sheep vaccinations

Best practices for sheep vaccinations

A vaccination program should be a standard practice within any sheep enterprise given the health and production benefits, and ultimately economic return. Vaccination provides cheap insurance for your flock.

Opportunities to reduce lamb losses

Opportunities to reduce lamb losses

Lost production and income from lamb deaths at lambing can range from moderate to horrendous. This wastage can be minimised by sound animal health, good feeding management, and genetic selection.