Feed smart and the body scoring

Pasture expert Tom Fraser (pictured) will lead the “feed” component of a B+LNZ workshop later this month on the right stock feeding and body condition scoring techniques to adopt. Both these shots were taken at Whangara Farms. File pictures

Beef and Lamb New Zealand has organised a FeedSmart and Body Condition Scoring workshop for the Gisborne-East Coast district later this month.

“The free workshop will give farmers the skills needed to help them understand the importance of flock nutrition and feed requirements,” B+LNZ’s Mark Harris said.

“ . . . as well as how to successfully body condition score their own flock.”

The workshop is on April 17, from 9.30am to 3pm. The venue has yet to be finalised.

“By now, we have all heard about body condition scoring.

“It costs nothing, yet the difference it can make to your production is dramatic. It can increase your scanning percentage, lamb birth weights, survivability and growth rates — as well as your bottom line.”

Pasture expert Tom Fraser will be there to discuss better manage of feed supply and demand, increase feed utilisation and enhance the value of the feed consumed.

“Following Tom’s presentation we will take you through a practical demonstration and hands-on practical session in the yards on body condition scoring and its benefits.

“On completion attendees will be given a copy of the simple feed budget software demonstrated and supporting resources.”

The workshop will cover factors that can affect pasture growth and pasture quality:

Animal feed requirements

Monitoring animal performance

Matching feed supply with animal demand

Tools for pasture and feed management

Feed budgeting with a simple feed budget calculator

Body condition scoring tips and tricks.

Beef and Lamb New Zealand has organised a FeedSmart and Body Condition Scoring workshop for the Gisborne-East Coast district later this month.

“The free workshop will give farmers the skills needed to help them understand the importance of flock nutrition and feed requirements,” B+LNZ’s Mark Harris said.

“ . . . as well as how to successfully body condition score their own flock.”

The workshop is on April 17, from 9.30am to 3pm. The venue has yet to be finalised.

“By now, we have all heard about body condition scoring.

“It costs nothing, yet the difference it can make to your production is dramatic. It can increase your scanning percentage, lamb birth weights, survivability and growth rates — as well as your bottom line.”

Pasture expert Tom Fraser will be there to discuss better manage of feed supply and demand, increase feed utilisation and enhance the value of the feed consumed.

“Following Tom’s presentation we will take you through a practical demonstration and hands-on practical session in the yards on body condition scoring and its benefits.

“On completion attendees will be given a copy of the simple feed budget software demonstrated and supporting resources.”

The workshop will cover factors that can affect pasture growth and pasture quality:

Animal feed requirements

Monitoring animal performance

Matching feed supply with animal demand

Tools for pasture and feed management

Feed budgeting with a simple feed budget calculator

Body condition scoring tips and tricks.

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