With rising input costs, MLA’s Project Manager – Sheep Productivity Joe Gebbels said producers should – before starting drought lotting – make these considerations:
- the class of livestock to be managed in the drought lot
- the energy and protein needs of that livestock class
- availability and cost of inputs (including those already held on farm)
- the location, design and operation of the drought lot including machinery capacity and labour inputs.
“If possible consult a specialist veterinarian or animal nutritionist when setting up a feeding regime, particularly in relation to animal health treatments entering and exiting the drought lot and the need for supplementation while on rations,” Joe said.
Three useful resources for producers:
- AWI’s Managing Sheep in Droughtlots guide
- MLA’s Making More from Sheep Healthy and Contented Sheep module
- NSW Department of Primary Industries Feed Cost Calculator
Riverina Local Land Services recently held a drought feed lotting seminar covering nutrition, drought lot design and management considerations.
The presentations were recorded and are now available on YouTube on the Riverina Local Land Services channel.