NSW DPI livestock officer, Wagga Wagga, Geoff Casburn, taking visitors from WA who had attended LambEx, through the use of the new App, Drought Feed Calculator.Following on from the successful LambEx 2106 held in Albury, a group of Western Australian lamb producers and staff from the Department of Agriculture and Food WA heard the most recent research into sheep production from NSW DPI and CSU researchers during a visit to the Graham Centre.

They also had the opportunity to watch DPI staff measure feed quality to ensure producers have accurate information to feed stock and manage feed budgets.

NSW DPI livestock officer, Wagga Wagga, Geoff Casburn, said the development of the Drought Feed Calculator app, a first for Australia, will allow “producers to develop well-informed feed strategies which will save money.”

“The beauty of the App is that it can be used in good and dry times to compare 71 different feeds or specific values from a feed test,” Mr Casburn said.

“Right now producers can plan to produce quality silage and hay and take advantage of good grain prices to store quality feed for future use.”

Mr Casburn advised producers to focus on the quality of the feed they conserve.

“We strongly recommend producers test the feed their sheep are consuming,” he said.

“The actual performance of livestock is enhanced by better quality feed.”

As the visitors were watching DPI staff measure the quality of various feeds, NSW DPI livestock research officer, Wagga Wagga, John Piltz concurred.

“Feed quality is a most important driver in livestock production,” he said.

“Knowing your feed quality of silage or hay is a key to increased performance, and the use of facilities like ours to test feed value allows producers to make informed decisions.”

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