n Farmer’s Weekly - Crisis strategies : on the pastures




Careful planning and innovation could be the antidote to the drought, volatile rand, low milk price and high feed costs. The dry period is critical for postcalving performance. If you are a split season operator coming up to autumn calving, you will benefit if you keep a target body condition score (BCS) of between 3,25 and 3,5 at dry-off. Plan to feed different rations for autumn fresh cows and spring stale cows to keep the feed budget tight. Stay on track with young heifer vaccination programmes and prepare calf facilities for autumn calves. Finally, check pasture residuals ahead of autumn planting.


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