Farmers urged to get teeth into fodder workshops
13 February 2017
Hay will be the topic of a series of workshops being held in the state's west in coming weeks.
Agriculture Victoria land management extension officer Heather Drendel said the free workshops were designed to help farmers provide suitable stock nutrition.
"With hundreds of new stock containment areas built during the drought, this is an excellent opportunity to ensure that we make the most of these new facilities," Mrs Drendel said.
"We will have plenty of information on hay quality, the potential risks to watch out for and how to get the rations right for your stock, especially when feeding in containment," she said.
Veterinarian and Member of the Australian and New Zealand Veterinarian College specialising in ruminant nutrition, Catherine Fuller, will cover the risks of feeding stock hay.
"Dr Fuller will address the questions of hay content and the risks to productivity and potential links to abortion in ewes and impacts of fertility," Mrs Drendel said.
Agriculture Victoria Grains Pathology Project Officer Luise Sigel will ask participants to consider the content of their hay bales.
Ms Sigel will discuss rusts and moulds that can be found in hay and their potential impacts on livestock.
"We will also have Coprice Animal Nutritionist Shamyl Das on hand to help participants develop their own stock rations.
"He will explain how to design these from on-farm feed stores and how to get the balance right for your stock," Mrs Drendel said
Times and venues for the free workshops are:
- Tuesday, February 21, Laharum Hall
- Monday, February 27, Joel Joel Hall
- Tuesday, February 28, Natimuk Recreation Reserve
- Wednesday, March 1, Lawloit Hall.
All workshops run from 9.00am - 3.00pm. Lunch and refreshments are provided.
For more details and booking, contact Heather Drendel (Agriculture Victoria)
Phone: (03) 5083
Mobile: 0427 868 705
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