Handy tools for managing supplementary sheep feeding

18 November 2016

While solid pasture growth has been experienced across southern Australia this spring following high winter rainfall, sheep producers planning to grain finish or supplementary feed lambs this summer can use these tools to maximise growth efficiency.

1.  Lamb Growth Predictor

The Sheep CRC’s Lamb Growth Predictor is a useful tool for making management decisions in lamb production systems. It uses repeated live weights to calculate individual growth rates and adjusts these (for expected conditions) for future weight predictions. It predicts how many animals will reach a target weight on a specified date.

2. ‘Keep Your Sheep in Good Condition’ procedure

Part of the ‘Healthy and Contented Sheep’ module of Making More From Sheep, this covers everything producers need to know about imprint feeding of lambs, feed budgeting, assessing feed quality and supplementary feeding.

3. Feed Cost Calculator

It's easy to look at lower grain prices and think there is automatically profit to be made by turning it into kilograms of meat. Use this handy resource from the NSW Department of Primary Industry to calculate the underlying costs through protein, energy and other component comparisons for different mixes of livestock feeds.

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