Feed budgeting

Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s tools and guides for feed planning.
Tuesday, 7 April 2020

Feed budgeting resources

Have a look at these resources for more help with feed budgeting:

FeedSmart

The FeedSmart tool was developed by the Red Meat Profit Partnership and Beef + Lamb New Zealand to make it easier for farmers to plan stock feeding. It takes the feed tables published in books such as “A guide to feed planning for sheep farmers” and makes them available at the click of the mouse, or the tap of your finger. FeedSmart works on any computer, tablet or Smartphone. It can be saved so that it works offline – anywhere, anytime.

 

Guide to Feed Planning for Sheep Farmers  

The Guide to Feed Planning for Sheep Farmers (PDF, 3MB) explains key principles for feed planning and formal feed budgeting. It also contains an example feed budget template, as well as handy ‘look up’ tables for feed demand, feed quality, Dry Matter content and indicative pasture growth rates.

 

Simple Feed Budget

This B+LNZ software is a free feed budgeting tool to download and install on your computer. Quick and simple to use, it will help you work out a feed budget for all or part of your farm, for a set period of time.

Use in conjunction with Feedsmart to get stock feed demand requirements. 

To obtain this program, please email: resources@beeflambnz.com

 

 

Feed Budget templates

Courtesy of Scandrett Rural and Farmingsheep.co.nz

These downloadable templates can be used to do a basic feed budget, for all or part of your farm as appropriate. Download the spreadsheet (requires Excel) or print out the worksheets and fill in by hand:

 

FARMAX Lite

FARMAX Lite is a feed budgeting software that will provide a picture of your farms feed supply and animal demand, based on your animal production targets. You can use FARMAX Lite to analyse different scenarios for managing feed deficits. Farmax Ltd is offering New Zealand red meat farmers free access to FARMAX Lite to support planning and feed budgeting through the current drought and impact of COVID 19. To  find out more, visit the Farmax website at http://www.farmax.co.nz/story/access-farmax-lite

 

Body Condition Scoring

Any feed budget is a forecast, and its important to monitor how it works out in reality. Body Condition Scoring of ewes and/or of cows is the best tool for you to make sure your feed budget is working as intended.

Body Condition Scoring can help you prioritise feed to the stock who need it. This way you will not waste any feed on stock who don’t need condition put on.

Dairy Feed Budget Case Studies

DairyNZ have provided some feed budgeting case studies from top performing dairy farms with a focus on lower ‘per unit’ cost of production to help you identify opportunities.

 

Podcasts

Hear from farmers and industry experts on the value of feed budgeting, and how to use it in your farm.

 

Knowledge Hub

A range of feed management resources are available on the Knowledge Hub.

 

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