Study: Supplementation – Getting bang for buck

A Study by UQ in Cost Effective means of Supplementation with the use of Protein Meals.Stuart R. McLennon  and Dennis P. PoppiQueensland Department Primary Industries & Fisheries, Yeerongpilly, Qld 4105Schools of Animal Studies and Veterinary Science, University of Queensland, St Lucia, Qld 4072

Supplements provide one option for cattle producers to increase growth rate of their cattle and target desired market opportunities but both the costs of feeding and risks are high. Although urea—based supplements are the most widely used throughout northern Australia, they are not formulated to achieve high growth rates required to increase weight for age of cattle. In this paper the emphasis is on production feeding of male cattle. The successful implementation of a cost—effective feeding programme can be achieved with attention to several strategies, viz., choosing the most appropriate supplement type, feeding supplements under appropriate pasture conditions, optimising use of the pasture base and timing the use of supplements and the marketing of cattle to optimise growth responses and minimises erosion of responses through compensatory growth. These aspects are discussed in the context of contributions from our own research findings. Where the feeding standards and their derived decision support models have been assessed, they have not been successful in predicting growth performance of cattle grazing tropical pastures due to their poor predictions of intake but not through inadequacies in the equations describing energy utilisation, which were sound.

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Nutramix is one of the only 100% Australian owned and family operated stockfeed and agri-processing businesses in Queensland and New South Wales.  Operating since 2001, our head office and premix plant is based at Warwick, Qld and we operate a large mill at Narrabri, NSW which manufactures stockfeed, offers seed cleaning and grading, grain and pulse packaging for export.  The Narrabri mill is AQIS approved.

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