Supplementary Feeding of Sheep and Beef Cattle, 2nd Edition

By David G Hinton

Supplementary Feeding of Sheep and Beef Cattle, 2nd Edition PDF presents the key aspects of nutrition and supplementary feeding for graziers.

This practical guide is a tool designed for graziers to use in their day-to-day decision-making about livestock nutritional needs, feeding options, condition and health.

Pasture supplements are expensive and should not be wasted, yet under-nutrition has an even greater economic effect resulting from low conception and progeny survival rates, poor growth rates, failure to meet market targets and tender fleeces in sheep. Supplementary Feeding of Sheep and Beef Cattle shows how to get the nutritional balance right and avoid costly repercussions from incorrect or inadequate feeding.

The key topics covered will be particularly useful in drought situations, but also in seasonal pasture shortages, when the nutrient value of pastures is low. Practical tables and worksheets are provided as key tools, enabling livestock producers to make timely and cost-effective decisions about supplementary feeding.

  • Ready Reckoner tables and calculation sheets make it easy to calculate rations
  • Well illustrated with explanatory photographs, processes and techniques
  • What to feed, when and how much
Table of Contents

1. Introduction – why feed?

2. What’s in a feed?

3. Understanding feeds and feeding

4. Cost savings and decision making

5. Fat scores and stock classes

6. Choosing the best feed – value for money

7. When and how to feed supplements

8. How much to feed – the Ready Reckoner

9. How much to feed – calculate your own stock ration

10. Stock health

11. Stock-containment areas

12. Your worksheets

Information and further reading

References

Index

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