Managing a fodder shortage
Drought conditions and high demand from livestock industries has created a challenging fodder market for Australian dairy farmers.
When pasture is limited and supplies of fodder such as long fibre are reduced, the temptation can be to just go and buy whatever feed is available.
However, carefully planning likely feed requirements and actively managing bought feed quality, supply and price risks is the best approach. This can help reduce the cost of buying feeds and ensure that stock’s nutritional needs are met with reduced feeding risks
The fact sheet provides some tips for success as you progress through the five steps involved in managing a fodder shortage.
- Carefully calculate the amount of purchased feed required using our feed budgeting tools
- Plan your feed purchases now and check that the feed delivered is the quality and quantity you ordered
- Store feeds to manage spoilage and contamination
- Consider how the ration will be fed to the herd to minimise wastage and maximise feed intakes