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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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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Livestock production: How to establish forage crops and pastures

A number of factors should be taken into account when you draw up a fodder production plan that includes pastures. The costs of establishing a pasture are high, so attention to detail, particularly when establishing perennial pasture, will more than compensate for the effort involved. The species and variety of…

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Crop production: Zinc is essential for crops

Question: Why is zinc important for crops? Zinc is an essential mineral to all living organisms (animals and plants) and is a co-factor in all enzyme-based reactions. It is required only in small but critical concentrations to allow key plant physiological pathways to function normally. Crops that can be adversely…

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