New app helps in drought

Warwick Daily News - South West Queensland Rural Weekly - - Rural Weekly -

A FREE NSW Depart­ment of Pri­mary In­dus­tries app, Drought Feed Cal­cu­la­tor, is help­ing farm­ers fac­ing drought and ris­ing fod­der costs to de­velop cost-ef­fec­tive feed­ing strate­gies.

NSW DPI sheep de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer, Ge­off Cas­burn, said the app sim­pli­fied feed­ing de­ci­sions.

“The app pro­vides es­ti­mated en­ergy, protein and dry mat­ter val­ues for 71 dif­fer­ent feeds, in­clud­ing hay, grain, silage and al­ter­na­tive feeds,” Mr Cas­burn said.

“In drought sit­u­a­tions pro­duc­ers can use the app to quickly work out min­i­mum feed re­quire­ments for an­i­mals with a range of nu­tri­tional needs.”

Mr Cas­burn said se­lect­ing the right feed could save pro­duc­ers time and money.

“Ce­real grains are of­ten cheaper in terms of en­ergy con­tent and trans­port costs com­pared with hay. We ad­vise farm­ers to con­sider de­liv­ery costs per tonne,” he said.

“The app can pro­vide cru­cial in­for­ma­tion, for ex­am­ple a pro­ducer with 1000 dry sheep weigh­ing 50 kilo­grams each can com­pare feed­ing costs for three months on ei­ther pas­ture hay at $300 per tonne on farm with bar­ley at $370 per tonne on farm.”

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