Feed quality at front of mind during drought

Dairy-lamenessChallenging dry conditions means feed and feed quality are top of mind for some New South Wales dairy farmers.

Make sure you’ve checked out Dairy Australia’s feed planning and purchasing fact sheets to assist when buying feed. By planning well, buying right and feeding carefully, you can get the best value for your money.

Don’t gamble with feed quality

Go beyond the price tag of feed. By checking the relative cost per unit of Metabolisable Energy (ME) and Crude Protein (CP) versus alternative feeds, you can see whether the feed stacks up.

Check the physical quality of your feed before you buy it, including whether it’s too dry or too course. If you’re having feed delivered and it feels off when you look at it, don’t accept delivery.

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Where are you buying your feed from?

Whether you’re buying direct farm-to-farm, through a broker or through a trader, you need to weigh up contract management and physical movement issues to make the best choice. Sometimes, the cheapest option isn’t the best value for your herd.

For advice on how to consider where to buy and on contract issues, click here: https://bit.ly/2LkceAq 

3 Steps to Better Buying Decisions

For many farmers, there was a time when buying feed wasn’t a big deal – you’d pick up the phone and go to your regular supplier. But in dryer times, it’s important to be spending money wisely and getting the best value for your hard earned dollar.

By successfully planning, buying and feeding, you’re setting yourself up for success to managing the challenging conditions. Make sure you’re budgeting, buying the right feed and avoiding unnecessary losses by feeding well.

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