livestock

Watch our focus on fodder conservation webinar

Focus on – Fodder Conservation This webinar focuses on fodder conservation and is presented by Michele Jolliffe, Regional Manager Dairy, South West and Claire Waterman Specialist Farm Business economist. With welcome rain and pasture...

Myth Buster: Do livestock self medicate?

Do livestock (sheep and beef cattle) self medicate? Or find what they need if it’s available? Dr Shawn McGrath, Senior Lecturer in Animal Production at Charles Sturt University joins us to discuss the science...

Watch our focus on spring pastures webinar

Focus on – Spring pastures Presented by Fiona Baker, Beef Extension Officer, Ellinbank   In this webinar Fiona covers the replacement of nutrient after the removal of silage, the importance of spring tillering for grass persistence and some...

Watch our focus on spring webinar series

Focus on – Livestock health and nutrition The Beef Sheep Network’s ‘Focus On – Spring’ webinar series began last month with presentations on livestock health and nutrition from Livestock Industry Development Officer Nick Linden...

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Hay and grain reports

The hay and grain reports are commissioned by Dairy Australia to provide an independent and timely assessment of hay and grain markets in each region. Reports are updated 40 weeks per year and can...

Agriculture Victoria - Feeding Livestock Cows

Hay Quality: Is it good enough?

Bushfires and dry seasonal conditions have led to strong demand in hay supplies with many generous donations being distributed to those in need.  However, with hay quality varying more than most other types of supplements, an important question is whether it’s the best feed for livestock, especially when pasture is limiting and winter approaches.  Agriculture Victoria Livestock...

Agriculture Victoria - Feeding Livestock Cows

Is stock water an issue this summer?

We’ve updated the site to include more resources to help estimate, manage and monitor stock water.  Access the Agriculture Victoria Farm Water Calculator Calculate how much water your stock are likely to need over...

Common feed values

Cattle IMPORTANT – Note the difference in approximate dry matter (DM) % (ME) Metabolisable energy (MJ/kg DM) Approximate dry matter (DM) % Energy MJ ME/kg DM Crude protein % dry matter When fed whole...

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Weight of hay bales

(wet weights/as fed weights) Source: Dairy Pasture Consumption Calculator Hay Bale Shape Bale size Weight (as fed, t) Dry Matter (%) Dry weight (t DM) Round 4×4 0.25 85 0.21 Round 5×4 0.35 85...