Feed & Forage
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Hay - the good, the bad and the ugly
Hay - there is nothing better than having a shed full of hay - as many farmers will say “It’s like having money in the bank”.
Feed budgets are needed to make sure there is enough feed on the farm to meet the needs of the stock.
Buy silage with care
The horror of drought lives in the memory of anyone who had to buy silage - when prices quadruple without any question about feed quality.
Try some fodder crops
If you farm livestock then you now have a range of forage plants to grow for feed as well as good pastures.
Willows work for me
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.
How to keep your hay contractor happy
A guest contribution and pearls of wisdom from Lois Mundell after a lifetime in the business.
Hay - key points to ponder
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.
Fodder cereals for grazing and silage
In recent years there has been a marked increase in the use of cereals for supplementary grazing and silage for dairying.
Balage - silage in the bag
Don’t assume that you'll get through the year without any supplementary feed.
Poplars on the farm
When you plant poplar trees on a farm in New Zealand you add beauty, feed, shelter and possibly timber.
Growing tree lucerne (tagasaste)
Tagasaste or tree lucerne is a perennial forage shrub or small tree that grows well in mild, temperate climates.