Cash and weight gains

North East & Goulburn Murray Farmer - - NEWS -

WITH di­min­ish­ing dry au­tumn feed, live­stock pro­duc­ers should be mind­ful of the sav­ings they can make while their live­stock are graz­ing stub­bles or dry pas­ture, ac­cord­ing to re­cent in­de­pen­dent tri­als.

By us­ing Fab­stock Stub­ble Mix, pro­duc­ers can in­crease the feed value of cur­rent dry feed rather than us­ing ex­pen­sive grain op­tions ear­lier than needed and in­crease weight gains by up to 74 per cent.

Every year af­ter har­vest, large num­bers of live­stock are lost with grain poi­son­ing when an­i­mals are first in­tro­duced to freshly har­vested stub­bles.

The use of vi­ta­min and min­eral sup­ple­ments has been shown to pro­vide sig­nif­i­cant ben­e­fits to lambs and cat­tle.

In in­de­pen­dent tri­als con­ducted by Mur­ray Long from Clear View Con­sul­tancy at the Temora Agri­cul­tural In­no­va­tion Cen­tre (TAIC), 63 Septem­ber drop lambs were raised and weaned on lucerne and then ro­tated through avail­able stub­ble with a con­trol group and the rest pro­vided with the Fab­stock Stub­ble Mix sup­ple­ment.

The lambs on bar­ley stub­ble with sup­ple­ment ex­hib­ited growth rates 87 grams/ head/day greater than the con­trol group (74 per cent in­crease).

In the slashed dry wheat crop the lambs with sup­ple­ment grew 122.1gms/head/day faster than the con­trol group (39 per cent in­crease).

An­other in­de­pen­dent trial at TAIC demon­strated the pos­i­tive ben­e­fit that Fab­stock Feed­lot Mix had on lamb growth rates graz­ing high qual­ity lucerne pas­ture in the pad­dock.

These lambs achieved growth rates up to 100gms/day higher than the con­trol group not on the sup­ple­ment.

Dur­ing the six week trial the trade weight lambs put on 51-58 per cent (3.6-4.2 kg) more weight than the con­trol group at a cost of only 25c/lamb/week.

Fab­stock Happy Feet Mix with added bi­otin and zinc has also claimed to have been ex­tremely pop­u­lar and suc­cess­ful dur­ing the last two wet years be­ing fed in au­tumn and win­ter to pre­vent foot ab­scess and scold in sheep.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the Fab­stock Vi­ta­min and Min­eral sup­ple­ment prod­ucts phone Rus­sel Dur­nan for a free brochure on 1300 733 644, 0408 694154 or go to www. far­mand­fenc­ing.com.au and go to FAB­STOCK.

PRO­DUCE: Mur­ray Long pic­tured above con­duct­ing the in­de­pen­dent Fab­stock tri­als.

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