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In some instances, early weaning can benefit both your calves and their dams, particularly in times of tough conditions or feed supply challenge. Feeding a cow calf unit requires a huge amount of nutrients, but feeding them separately this amount is significantly reduced. Calves have been successfully weaned from as young as 4-6 weeks, though it is labour intensive. Weaning at 3-4 months involves much less risk and labour. Some advantages of early weaning include improved cow condition and fertility, reduced cow/calf losses and improved feed utilisation.
Lot Feeding Blends
Feed lotting cattle can be an effective way to finish off stock quickly, efficiently and cost effectively. It can enable you to make the most of a pasture poor season also to take advantage of grain and beef prices. Starting cattle in a feedlot takes a little bit of time to ensure introductions to grain are done safely, but once animals are onto grain and adapted to a high concentrate, low forage diet they can be finished in a timely manner.
Our Intake Limiting System (ILS) range of feeds have been designed to regulate grain intake of the animals while utilising lower labour inputs. It delivers long term animal performance from improved weight gains from a forage based diet, improved lifetime longevity and a safer, lower labour feeding regime. With ILS, cattle tend to snack and have many small meals rather than having fewer larger meals. This snacking reduces the likelihood of grain poisoning but also enable the shy feeders to have a turn. ILS is best fed in self-feeders in paddocks with forages or free access to hay and silage.
Show & Sale Blends
Feeding up cattle before shows and sales can give them that bit more finish so they are well presented. Meningie Fodder Beef Show Blends all contain a good balance of carbohydrates and proteins to promote a healthy rumen and support growth and finish. These blends can be fed at about 1% of liveweight and this rate can be adjusted to suit what you need from your team, just a little to keep them use to it, or a bit more to get the desired finish.
Show me a text book farm . . . it simply does not exist. Animals and farms differ significantly, and realising that one size does not fit all, we at Meningie Fodder have a highly qualified Nutritionist. Our Nutritionist is available to discuss all your animal needs and will customise blends taking into account what resources, such as grains, hay, silage and forages are on site for each individual farm.