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We have a range of information and resources to help you with good nutrition management that can help you improve the productivity and health of your herd.

Nutrition

Pasture, forages, crops and supplementary feeds are the cornerstones of good nutrition management. Put them all together for optimal herd productivity and health.

Nutritional values

Nutritional values vary according to growing conditions and how feed is harvested, conserved or manufactured. Hays, silages and co-products are particularly variable.

The wider the variation, the more important it is to look beyond the price tag and work out the value per unit of energy and protein based on an actual feed analysis. This is the only way you will really know if the feed is worth the money being asked.

Key tips

  • Nutritional values can vary widely, especially for fodder and co-products.
  • Get to know the variation in key nutrients for a range of feed types.
  • Crunch the numbers before you buy using the feed lab analysis results.

More information

Feed value varies in different feeds (PDF, 311KB)

Feed value varies in different feeds. Nutritional values vary due to growing conditions and how feed is harvested, conserved or manufactured. Hays, silages and co-products are particularly variable. The wider the variation, the more important it is to look beyond the price tag and calculate value per unit of energy and protein, based on an actual feed analysis of the feed. Only then will you know if the feed is good value for money.

Content includes explanations for DM, ME and CP. Table 1 entitled '┬śnutrient values for a range of common feeds' lists typical feed values for different feeds, including a number of high fibre co-products. Values are expressed as averages. Ranges are included in brackets for DM, ME and CP levels. Hay, silages and co-products are particularly variable - they should always be bought based on a feed lab analysis of a representative sample.

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Dairy Feed tools

Dairy Feed Tools is a complete feed management toolset for dairy farmers and managers. Feed planning, cost and resource management backed by Australian feed and pasture data to most accurately reflect the needs of your herd.

Hay and grain reports

The hay and grain report is commissioned by Dairy Australia to provide an independent and timely assessment of hay and grain markets in each dairying region. The report is updated 40 weeks per year.

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