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.
Winter feed crops – paddock selection
Winter feed crops came under the environmental spotlight this year. While these crops are often a vital part of a pastoral grazing system, they do carry environmental risks if not managed responsibly. Careful planning can help minimise these risks and ensure the best outcomes for livestock and the environment. This is the first of an ongoing series looking at establishing, growing and grazing of winter feed crops and post grazing management.
Eating for three
Correctly managing triplet-bearing ewes now will help maximise lamb survival and increase ewe profitability in spring.
Top tips for grazing forage crops
Good environmental outcomes require good environmental practice. Farmers are already doing some great work in the environment space, but there is still much to be done. Managing winter grazing so it has minimal impact on waterways is an area that can be addressed with some forward planning and simple management tweaks.
Care required with feed crops in autumn
At this time of the year, feed crops and pastures can be toxic to livestock particularly when frosts, overcast or cold weather follow a period of rapid growth. James White, from Seed Force, offers some advice.