Infrastructure reduces feed wastage

04 Jun, 2018 01:37 PM
Comments
0
 
A unique aspect of this feedpad was the dimension and height of the troughs.

The McInnes Partnership farm at Harrisville in south-east Queensland milks 550 cows producing 4.2 million litres annually, with a rolling herd average of 7600 litres.

The McInneses have invested in some key infrastructure that minimises feed wastage.

Commodity Shed

The McInneses feed a number of byproducts and meals. These include brewers grains, canola meal and whole cottonseed.

Early in 2016, they invested in a commodity storage shed to minimise wastage due to soil contamination of feedstuffs, spoilage due to rainfall, and heating from sunlight.

The shed cost $75,000 (ex GST), with an expected lifespan of 25 years.

Moving from their previous on-ground storage to the new shed has meant a reduction of feed wastage from an estimated 5 per cent to less than 1 per cent.

Given that they feed about $300,000 ex GST a year in byproducts, this represents a saving of $12,000, with a payback of about six years.

Feedpad

In 2003, the business built a shaded feedpad and introduced a partial mixed ration to their feeding program.

A unique aspect of this feedpad was the dimension and height of the troughs.

These troughs are about 1.2 metres (internal) across and allow cow access from both sides. There is an electric wire that runs down the middle of the trough to manage cow behaviour.

In terms of feed wastage, the trough design has advantages in terms of limiting cows dropping feed onto the feedpad floor while chewing, with spillage remaining in the trough.

The troughs are also built 35 centimetres above ground level. This leads to an ease of feeding and saliva flow.D

Article courtesy of Subtropical Dairy newsletter Northern Horizons.

POST A COMMENT


Screen name *
Email address *
Remember me?
Comment *
 
A new definition of 'genetically modified' currently awaiting parliamentary approval could see a swathe of new grasses on the market within three years.
13 Nov 18 A new definition of "genetically modified" currently awaiting parliamentary approval could see a swathe of new...
A person normally breathes about 25,000 times a day, with the lungs taking in oxygen from the air and delivering it to the bloodstream.02 Nov 18 A person normally breathes about 25,000 times a day, with the lungs taking in oxygen from the air and delivering it...
light grey arrow
Don't fall for the processors changing their contracts. They can change them back again without
light grey arrow
This is all very nice for specific LIon suppliers but it does absolutely nothig for the wider
light grey arrow
This is well-written, covers what's going on well. It highlights how wrong the processors
Australian Dairyfarmer's Jeanette Severs checked out the range of new and interesting products and services on show at the South Gippsland Dairy Expo in September, while Peter Roach caught up with suppliers at the Elmore Field Days in October.02 Dec 18 Australian Dairyfarmer's Jeanette Severs checked out the range of new and interesting products and services on show...
The floodplain around Kerang and Swan Hill in north-west Victoria is dotted with depressions and surrounding windblown lunettes.29 Nov 18 The floodplain around Kerang and Swan Hill in north-west Victoria is dotted with depressions and surrounding...
Australian farm chemical manufacturer Nufarm has repaired its balance sheet and is now hunting for acquisition opportunities.25 Sep 16 Australian farm chemical manufacturer Nufarm has repaired its balance sheet and is now hunting for acquisition...
Monopoly market may confront cropping sector under mega-merger proposal.22 Sep 16 Monopoly market may confront cropping sector under mega-merger proposal.