Pasture: It’s best to test
There really is no better way of finding out what’s in your pasture than doing a herbage test. We provide some useful tips on how easy it is to use this reliable knowledge tool.
Given the relatively poor state of pasture over winter, many beef farmers accept negligible growth rates for their cattle by default. And yet, even in the face of low pasture quality there's every reason why meaningful stock growth can be achieved. If you're interested in doing just that, then read on.
Much emphasis is placed on rearing good quality calves from birth to 100 kg. Attention is paid to management, health and nutrition and in the majority of cases, weight targets are monitored. Unfortunately, between reaching 100 kg and getting to the point of finishing, this can wane and targeted body weight gains may not be reached.
Fodder beet is increasingly popular as a winter feed for beef stock. However, it does have some nutritional constraints, including a low phosphorus content, low fibre level (<20%) and less than optimal protein content (13%). It does have a high sugar content, which makes it very palatable.