Livestock Nutrition

Many parts of Queensland and New South Wales haven’t received adequate rainfall and are currently experiencing unprecedented hot conditions.  This is resulting in a massive reduction of pasture quality and quantity.  Australia’s dry seasons and/or dry years result in pastures that have insufficient nutrient levels...

Before we delve too deeply into the massive topic of ruminant nutrition.  Let’s start by covering the basics.  What is a ruminant animal and what is the role of their digestive system?  The primary difference between ruminants and non-ruminants is that ruminants' stomachs have “four”...

Supplementation is used to bridge the gap between the nutrients supplied by pasture and what the animal actually requires. What happens when feed is dry? Pastures are the cheapest form of feed for livestock, however, once pastures age,  hay-off or are frost-affected, the quality decreases and livestock...

A lot of livestock nutritional information available to farmers in Australia is focused on feeding animals during dry feed situations.  Maintaining stock during drought or dry conditions can be costly and challenging for farmers and when the rain comes there is a huge sigh of...

Phosphorus (P) is such a powerful mineral and much research has been done on it’s benefits for livestock. The key function of phosphorus that increases profitability is its role in stimulating appetite and dry matter (DM) intake. This function is the reason that phosphorus is...