Feed helps in drought season
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.
HELPING HAND: Hayden Laidler, Pam Jarmey and John Cowen make up the Top Country Mundubbera team.