New app helps in drought
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.”