Farmer chooses hay from Tom Price site
A farmer from Carnamah says he has seen positive results quickly and made significant savings using locally grown lucerne hay to feed his cattle, compared with traditional oaten hay.
Roger and Robin Davies have 900-1000 British breed weaners, steers and heifers on their Eudamullah Station near Carnarvon.
After receiving just 80mm of rain, the Davieses started using lucerne hay — available from Rio Tinto’s Nammuldi site, near Tom Price — and have had great results.
“We have already ripped through about 80 tonnes of the lucerne hay,” Mr Davies said. “We haven’t tried the lucerne hay before, but I tell you what — the results were excellent for these younger and mid-weight animals.”
The Davieses started seeing results in their older steers weighing 300kg-350kg that gained weight within 12-14 days of using the hay.
According to the Australian Forage Group, lucerne hay has high carbohydrate levels and 18-20 per cent protein, compared with 8-10 per cent in normal hay.
As well as improving their cattle’s weight, using the locally grown lucerne hay means the Davieses have been able to save money.
They would normally collect 200500 small oaten hay bales a year from Geraldton through to Perth but they said they wouldn’t be doing that any more.
“We can go and pick up 62 bales at a time and we can get to the site in seven to eight hours. It is closer than the ag area and so is a bit of a no-brainer,’’ Mr Davies said.
“At this stage, whatever is available, we will buy the best. I think we weren’t fully aware of the quality and consistency of product.”
Roger Davies at Eudamullah station near Carnarvon, checks out how well some of the station’s weaners have devoured lucerne hay, sourced from Rio Tinto’s Nammuldi site near Tom Price.