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Running the Farm : Feed & forage

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Feed budgets are needed to make sure there is enough feed on the farm to meet the needs of the stock. 

Willows are already well known for supplying timber that makes excellent cricket bats, and as a source of aspirin (along with poplars), but they are also very useful on the land.

Tagasaste or tree lucerne is a perennial forage shrub or small tree that grows well in mild, temperate climates.

When you plant poplar trees on a farm in New Zealand you add beauty, feed, shelter and possibly timber.

Using trees for stock fodder isn’t really new.

If you farm livestock then you now have a range of forage plants to grow for feed as well as good pastures.

Chicory as forage is moderately persistent and has a strong deep taproot and a rosette of broad succulent leaves.

In recent years there has been a marked increase in the use of cereals for supplementary grazing and silage for dairying.

Don’t assume that you'll get through the year without any supplementary feed. 

Hay is the oldest form of conserved feed.  But you need to be careful before you part with your money, especially if you are buying when there is a shortage.

A guest contribution and pearls of wisdom from Lois Mundell after a lifetime in the business.

The silage making process (ensiling) is very old.

The horror of drought iives in the memory of anyone who had to buy silage - when prices quadruple without any question about feed quality. 

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