Winter Feeding Tips for Cattle.

Silage for winter feeding out of cattle

Some useful tips for maximising your winter feeding options including getting the best our of you fodder beet crops, reducing waste in your silage and maintaining good soil and water quality.
Fodder Beet Crops – Maximising Growth
Some research has shown that cattle growth rates on fodder beet crops can be maximised by leaving  behind 25 per cent of the crop at each break shift.  Interestingly cattle are seen going back and eating the residues in the middle of the night-typically between 11pm and 1am. That means the 25% residual gets eaten over three days and total utilisation is still high – over 95%.
Silage – Reducing Waste
For getting the most out of your silage, some equipment to consider and care of your silage pit check out this You tube video.

Portable Feed Troughs – Reducing Soil Damage
Consider portable troughs that you can move with breaks for stock drinking water to help keep stock away from CSAs and to reduce soil damage. Supplementary feeding (hay and baleage) needs to be placed away from CSAs, waterways and ideally fed in drier parts of the paddock. Supplementary feed should be put into the paddock prior to grazing. This will help limit stock movement and heavy vehicles on wet soils, helping to reduce damage to the crop and soil. Govenerment looks set to take a harder look at winter feed practices and it is up to all farmers to implement practices that reduce the impact winter grazing has on soil and water quality.
Maintaining your feeding out equipment
Reptec can help you customise and maintain you feed out equipment. We work with feed out wagons, bale feeders and quick hitch systems. We also sell levelling bars which are ideal for sorting out pugging issues or maintaining farm tracks.
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