Feeding and Nutrition
The lamb feedlotting industry in Australia is poised for considerable expansion on the back of strong export demand for lamb. However, it has evolved to date with limited industry support and a scarcity of evidence based guidelines.
Feeding Crop Waste to Livestock and the Risk of Chemical Residues
In times of feed shortages, livestock producers often consider using unusual plant material as stockfeed. However, producers need to be aware that chemical residues may be present in these novel stockfeeds and may present a risk of unacceptable residues in livestock and the meat, milk and eggs they produce.
Nitrate and Nitrite Poisoning of Livestock
Nitrate accumulation in plants is a potential danger to grazing animals. It can cause two different disorders - nitrate poisoning and nitrite poisoning. Nitrates may cause inflammation of the gut when eaten in large quantities, but their main importance is as a source of nitrite. Nitrites cause respiratory distress due to interference with oxygenation of blood; death may follow. Pigs are the species most susceptible to nitrite poisoning, followed by cattle, sheep and horses.
Water damaged fodder
After a flood event, it is essential that good nutritious feed is provided to livestock in flood affected areas, particularly to pregnant and young animals which are less able to tolerate stressful events. However, the availability of feed can be compromised, so you may need to begin by feeding water damaged fodder.
Silage is a common feed for many dairy farms, and self feeding silage is a cheap and efficient option.