Beef Tools

GrazFeed

GrazFeed is a program developed by CSIRO that can be used to predict animal performance on pasture and or supplements and or estimate the amount of supplement or ration required to meet a required performance level.

 

Features:
Feed includes pasture and supplements
Useful training tool for understanding nutrition
Free android app with limited features and display
Detailed reports provided

Requirements:
Knowledge of pasture amount and quality
Reasonable computer skills

EverGraze – Feed Budgeting tools

A range of tools that estimates how long a paddock will last, or how many stock can be run. Includes a summer budgeting tool to estimate how long summer feed will last and a winter feed budget tool to estimate whether pasture targets for livestock will be met.

Difficulty level:
Range of feed budgeting tools (pasture based) and references such as image libraries and pasture growth
Reference tables provided

Suitable for:
Requires good estimates of feed on offer (FOO)
Some tools require estimates of pasture growth rates, decay rates and how much stock will eat

Pearson square: ration formulation

Simple calculator of how much of two feed supplements to meet specific energy or protein requirements of an animal.

Difficulty level:
Simple to use for a 2 ration mix

Suitable for:
Requires knowledge of animal requirements for energy and protein
Estimates for 2 feeds – one must be higher than requirements

NSW DPI Drought Feed Calculator App

An app that Determine the minimum feed requirement for a range of animals as well as formulate rations, compare supplement feed costs and costs on a per head or for the total period ‘as fed’.

Difficulty level:
Free app and very simple to use
All reference data built in

Suitable for:
No allowance for pasture
One off result not stored

Livestock feed requirement worksheet

A step by step worksheet to estimate how much an animal needs to eat and the feed quality to meet their energy and protein requirements; compares feeds (cost /MJ), total cost of feeding period and how much the flock/mob require per day.

Difficulty level:
Step by step calculation for each measure of interest (e.g. feed cost comparison; minimum quality of supplement required)

Suitable for:
Requires knowledge of an animal’s energy and protein requirements
Print and fill in – need a calculator

Feed or sell – Mackinnon project

This calculator does a simple gross margin do help decide whether to feed a class of stock through a drought until a likely autumn break.

Difficulty level:
Simple calculator that includes total possible cost to feed and a probable cost, based on timing of autumn break

Suitable for:
Requires input of costs, monthly expectation of feed per DSE (Dry Sheep Equivalent) and an estimate of a ‘realistic’ buy back price

Feed Budget spreadsheet – cumulative cost and amount (cattle)

It is used to calculate longer term quantities and costs to feed classes of stock over an estimated feeding period.
Difficulty level:
Simple cumulative spreadsheet estimating cost and total tonnage over likely drought/feeding period
Downloadable spreadsheet
Suitable for:
Requires estimate of how much will be fed for how long

Tactical Feed Budget – beef

Estimates shortfalls in pasture (as energy) from the pasture

Difficulty level:
Requires knowledge of pasture availability, quality and growth; animal energy requirements

Suitable for:
Drought Feeding and management of Beef Cattle
Could be used/adapted for sheep