Almost all feeds are grown and harvested on farm.
Lucerne is the basis for several of our pastures and
is often cut for hay during the first year or two of a new stand.
This hay is primarily fed to weaner calves as part of a dry ration,
but is also fed to culls to fatten them for market.
Our 4000t of silage storage, which we lovingly
call our 'Bacon Saver', is both our feedbank for drought and for
growing out our bulls each year. This silage is a high quality
white grain forage sorghum that is harvested at soft dough.
For those that are interested, our dryland silage yields up to
32t/ha (at 30% DM) off a single cut with a RFV around 130, ME
10MJ/kg and protein 8%.
The silage is stored above ground on graded
gravel pads using the SiloStop sealing system. Since
converting to SiloStop our losses due to spoilage have reduced to
almost zero thanks to the greatly improved seal the system provides
and also the resilience of the heavy tarps to animals (in our case
foxes and birds).
Grain sorghum is also grown, and although it is
not the same feed quality as most other grains, it is the crop that
best suits our region. Occasionally we may grow some wheat,
but our winters and springs are notoriously unreliable and we do not
have the heavy soil needed to store moisture for that cropping