Expert Advice

Baby Calves & the Key to a Productive Future

By |2018-02-19T08:30:24+00:00February 4th, 2018|Expert Advice|

When calves are born the only compartment of their stomach that is fully functional is the abomasum. The omasum, rumen and reticulum compartments are present but not functional yet (See Fig. 1). Hence, newborn calves are not yet functioning as ruminants. […]

The Second Worst Way to Feed Cows

By |2018-02-04T06:21:34+00:00February 4th, 2018|Expert Advice|

A ration out of balance is the second worst way to feed cows and expect them to perform in a sustained, profitable way. What is the worst? Feeding them junk; luckily this is less common, but out of balance rations certainly aren’t. Point of the story – feed your cows well and they will look [...]

A Backyard Farmer’s Guide to Harvesting a Strong Chicken Egg

By |2017-07-16T07:26:38+00:00July 16th, 2017|Expert Advice, Stock Health|

According to the age-old tale, chickens have been laying eggs since the dawn of time, if not before however, producing an object as big as your own head every day, is a feat that should not be understated. As the backyard farmer knows well, it’s easy to make a scramble of the process, with soft [...]

It’s Not Just Layer Feed – Why Crushed Grains Reign Supreme

By |2017-07-16T06:18:01+00:00July 16th, 2017|Customer, Expert Advice, Stock Health|

Within a single egg there’s 11 different vitamins and minerals, plus an intense concentrate of proteins and healthy fatty acids such as omega-3. It’s an impressive feat for a hen to produce such a nutritious cocktail every day, a feat that can only be sustained by being well fed each and every day! […]

Summer means a focus on nutrition

By |2016-11-27T09:17:22+00:00November 16th, 2016|Expert Advice, Uncategorized|

Reid Stockfeed’s know that currently milk prices are poor – that’s no big news – but they say the season is fantastic. And that means it’s a good time to focus on maintaining production, says Reid’s Stockfeed sales and technical representative Laura Conheady. […]

Rectal Prolapses in Sheep Feedlots: Incidence, Causes & Costs

By |2016-11-22T13:38:04+00:00August 18th, 2016|Expert Advice, Stock Health|

Different situations may affect the profitability of the sheep feedlot business. Within those situations farmers usually pay attention to the big ones; low daily weight gains, high mortality rates, labor that is not fully utilized to mention a few. […]

Put a Spring in their Step this Summer

By |2016-11-22T13:38:07+00:00October 28th, 2015|Expert Advice, Feed Adjustment, Stock Health|

We’ve all heard that “the only constant in life is change”, a saying that today is as true as ever for our dairy industry. Four out of the last five fortnightly adjustments for global dairy auctions has seen a lift in price which coupled with the new free trade agreement, is very promising change for Australian dairy [...]

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Lame Cow Informative Day by ZinPro

By |2016-11-22T13:38:08+00:00October 5th, 2015|Announcement, Customer, Expert Advice, Gippsland, Victoria, North Central Victoria, Western Victoria|

ZinPro are hosting a free all day info session in early November for Cow Lameness – Prevention & Treatment. Check flyer for locations and dates. Some of our nutritionists have been to this day previously and can recommend it for informative value. […]

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Beef Em Up, Sell Em Up & Pocket Up

By |2016-11-22T13:38:14+00:00July 30th, 2015|Expert Advice, Western Victoria|

Case Study – Finishing Steers Well on a Crushed Grain, Beef Custom Mix                   by James & Sue Taylor of “Barakee”, Sth West Victoria.  — All pictures of the next group of cattle to go on sale in July. First introduced to grain on April 18. [...]

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Dairy Strategies for Balancing your Herd’s Diet in Winter

By |2016-11-22T13:38:15+00:00July 21st, 2015|Customer, Expert Advice, Gippsland, Victoria, North Central Victoria, Western Victoria|

Once your dry matter intakes are on target the second thing to consider is diet balance. Provide a balanced diet – address the excess soluble protein and insufficient fermentable carbohydrates (starch & sugars) Shorter winter days with lower levels of sunlight means less sugars are produced in the pasture. At the same time, many pastures have [...]

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Dairy Strategies for Improving your Milk Protein in Winter

By |2016-11-22T13:38:15+00:00July 16th, 2015|Customer, Expert Advice, Feed Adjustment, Gippsland, Victoria, North Central Victoria, Stock Health, Western Victoria|

The protein percent of the milk you send to the factory not only impacts farm income, but can also provide important indicators for cow health and nutrition. The most common reason for seeing a low milk protein test in the winter is due to lack of energy in the cow’s diet. If the cow is [...]

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Dairy Transition Feeding & Caring for Calves

By |2016-11-22T13:38:17+00:00May 5th, 2015|Customer, Expert Advice, Western Victoria|

Dan’s operatic performance silenced the crowd. Recently in partnership with ProviCo and kindly hosted by MG Trading Colac we delivered an informative session on the best practices for transitionary cows. ProviCo’s Tiffany and Janine detailed least stress environments for calf rearing. […]

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Minerals in your Dairy Herd’s Stockfeed Ration

By |2016-11-22T13:38:17+00:00May 1st, 2015|Customer, Expert Advice, Gippsland, Victoria, North Central Victoria, Western Victoria|

Mineral nutrition is a small part of complete feeding of an animal. It is a critical component to the well-being and performance of animals after energy and protein requirements have been met. All dairy cattle require minerals for producing both milk and growth, but the amounts found in most feeds are normally inadequate. If a cow’s [...]

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Reid Stockfeeds August Grain Update

By |2014-08-06T15:01:45+00:00August 6th, 2014|Expert Advice, Gippsland, Victoria, Grain Prices, North Central Victoria, Western Victoria|

Summary • Australian sowing season complete. Excellent soil moisture producing best start in a long-time. • El Nino? Still uncertain. • Weather good to great. • Bearish Wheat Market: Europe/Russia good wheat crops US harvest underway but demand slow […]

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Facial Eczema Update – Summer 2012/13

By |2016-11-22T13:38:30+00:00December 17th, 2012|Expert Advice|

One of the recurring topics of conversation that has cropped up this past fortnight is the dreaded Facial Eczema (FE). With the start of summer, many farmers have begun to once again consider prevention strategies for this serious liver disease. […]

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Accelerated Calf Rearing

By |2016-11-22T13:38:30+00:00November 1st, 2012|Expert Advice, Stock Health|

US Dairy Production expert Mike Hutjens recently visited Australia, conducting seminars in regional Victoria organised by the Australian Association of Animal Nutrition. Some farmers may have been fortunate enough to attend one of these information filled sessions. One of the topics mentioned was accelerated calf rearing. Below is some information relating to this that may [...]

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Give Your Fodder A Boost

By |2016-11-22T13:38:30+00:00October 11th, 2012|Expert Advice, Feed Adjustment, Western Victoria|

With the dry Summer and Autumn last year, many farms exhausted their home grown fodder supplies and faced buying in significant amounts of hay.  With reports of El Nino weather patterns expecting to bring dry conditions again this summer now is the time to make the most of the current good soil moisture and fine, [...]

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