Sector rallies to support farmers managing feed shortages
Significant feed shortages across much of the country has seen government and industry bodies rally together to put support structures in place to help those affected get through winter.
B+LNZ launch three new feed resources
Regional pasture modelling is indicating that many farmers are going into winter with pasture covers well below target for this time of year. Even with perfect conditions, autumn pasture growth will be insufficient to fill this deficit. Farmers are being urged to put feed plans together now and B+LNZ has launched three new feed planning resources to help farmers do this.
Establishing the priorities in your farm system this autumn
We are now halfway through autumn and the focus needs to be on next season – not fixated on the one that is almost finished.
COVID-19: Feed management check-list for farmers
Many parts of the country are currently experiencing feed shortages, or potential shortages in the coming months. This challenge is likely to be exacerbated by a reduction in processing capacity as a result of new protocols that processing companies have to follow in order to operate during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Feed budgeting essential where winter feed supplies are tight
Uncertain feed supplies around many parts of the country reinforce the need for sheep and beef farmers to carry out regular feed budgets and make management decisions early.
Management strategies alleviate winter feed shortfall
Like many farmers in Northland, James and Katie Donaldson went into autumn with average pasture covers well below target, despite destocking in January due to the dry conditions.
Setting up winter feed crops to minimise environment impacts
Farmers are being encouraged to consider the environmental impacts of their wintering systems as they begin transitioning livestock onto winter feed crops.
Setting up for Spring
Attention to pasture management now will pay dividends in spring when high-quality feed is required to realise the potential of next season’s lamb crop.
Dry weather makes autumn feed budget critical
As ewe mating gets underway, farmers need to be thinking about how they are going to provide high quality feed for those ewes at lambing.
Ram harnesses a tool for improved flock productivity
Ram harnesses are a useful tool for feed allocation but they can also help identify unmated hoggets that will have higher lifetime performance.
Lambs Versus Ewes – which gets the quality feed?
Do you have enough high-quality feed available on your farm to both finish lambs and have all of your ewes in optimum condition going into mating?
Paddock selection for winter feed crops
Which paddocks will you be using for next year’s winter feed crops? To ensure the best environmental and animal welfare outcomes, B+LNZ has compiled a list of three critical factors to consider when selecting paddocks for growing winter feed crops.