Farmer chooses hay from Tom Price site

Midwest Times - - TIMES NEWS -

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.

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