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Why don’t some cattle yards flow well?

Why don’t some cattle yards flow well? A guide to improving flow and efficiency in your cattle yard

We all know how frustrating and time-consuming it can be when cattle won’t move where you want them to in the cattle yards. If your cattle-yard isn’t up to scratch, then read on to learn how you can get your cattle flowing better.

Once Bred Heifers may be a good option for you

Once Bred Heifers may be a good option for you

Bob Thomson extols the benefits of once-bred-heifers and reasons why it could be a good fit for farmers especially those who don’t like running bulls, as they are more predictable, less risky, and highly profitable.

Fast, calm cattle finishing the key

Fast, calm cattle finishing the key

What did you average in dollars per kilogram carcass weight over the past year?

Once, the only driver was the market price for a particular stock class on any given day, but these days the quality of carcass produced can make up to a 20% difference in price per kilogram.

Improve safety in your cattle yard

How to improve safety in your cattle yard

Many injuries happen in cattle yards so it’s important to consider what you can do to keep yourself and your staff safe. In this article we discuss how to keep cattle calm while in the yards, understanding cattle behaviour, cattle yard design and maintenance that can affect your safety in the yards.

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