Cash and weight gains
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.