Case study series follows farm management decisions during feed deficits
In response to feed shortages across much of the country, B+LNZ has been working alongside the Ministry for Primary Industries and other industry-good organisations to provide resources and tools to support farmers in their decision making.
Feed Management resources
Feed shortages are a reality across many parts of the country this year. These are due to extreme climatic conditions such as drought in Northland and Hawkes Bay, summer floods in Southland and COVID-19-related processing delays in autumn.
Simple Feed Budget available to help farmers manage feed
Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s Simple Feed Budget in one of a suite of tools and resources available to help support farmers grappling with tight winter feed supplies.
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.
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.