Feed helps in drought sea­son

Central and North Burnett Times - - LIFE - Tobi Loftus Tobi.Loftus@cnbtimes.com.au

TOP Coun­try Mun­dub­bera is on a mis­sion to make sure North Bur­nett cat­tle farm­ers are not dis­ad­van­taged by the cur­rent drought.

Manager John Cowen said the Bur­nett re­gion was cur­rently suf­fer­ing some of the worst drought con­di­tions it had ever ex­pe­ri­enced.

“A lot of peo­ple burned off or got burned out and we’ve had no fol­low up rain to bring about pas­ture growth,” Mr Cowen said.

“What grass there has been is nearly de­pleted.

“Now more than ever farm­ers need to put in place a strat­egy for feed­ing an­i­mals to sus­tain con­di­tion at the very best.”

Mr Cowen said Top Coun­try could of­fer that strat­egy.

“If you still have a large body of dry grasses, then our higher urea mixes would be ideal for get­ting an­i­mals to utilise it to its fullest,” he said.

“In a dry lick it is the in­gre­di­ent that forces cat­tle to move away from the trough, but it breaks down quickly and needs to be sup­ported with a slow breakdown meal such as cot­ton­seed meal. Sup­ple­ment feed­ing us­ing our dry licks based on cot­ton­seed meal pro­vides stock with the ex­tra en­ergy they re­quire.”

Mr Cowen said the var­i­ous sup­ple­ments Top Coun­try of­fer cost about 40c a day per an­i­mal and help to main­tain weight and, in some cases, led to weight gain.

“The cost in­curred in feed­ing sup­ple­ments are far out­weighed by the economic gain when the end prod­uct is kept as a breeder or sent to meat pro­ces­sors,” he said.

Top Coun­try Mun­dub­bera is now open on Satur­days and de­liv­ers from Biloela to Kilki­van and Chin­chilla in the south.

PHOTO: TOBI LOFTUS

HELP­ING HAND: Hay­den Lai­dler, Pam Jarmey and John Cowen make up the Top Coun­try Mun­dub­bera team.

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