Livestock production: Save on feed costs with arrow leaf

This hardy legume can reduce farming costs when feed sells at a premium.  Poor feeding strategies can result in heavy losses if feed has to be bought in at a time when costs are at a premium (eg late summer) or as a result of poor conception rates during the…

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Small stock production: Back to basics with sheep nutrition

What sheep eat has a great impact on their condition and performance. These basic feeding principles can help you improve their nutritional status. Feed is the single biggest budgetary item associated with raising ruminants, such as sheep. It usually accounts for at least 60% of the total production costs in…

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Pork production: Alternatives to commercial feed rations for your pigs

Question: I want to feed my pigs well so they can grow and be healthy, but commercial rations are very expensive, and I can’t always afford them. Are there any alternatives? Pigs grow best on commercial rations which have been designed to supply the balanced diet they need. But if…

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Livestock production: Beat bloat and pasture toxicity

Using intensive pasture can threaten production by leading to metabolic imbalances and disease in pastoral animals. Most crops that are grazed or used to make hay or silage – such as maize, oats, wheat, ryegrass, lucerne, soybeans, sorghum and Japanese radish – have the potential to build up toxic nitrate…

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