This season was characterised by an excellent start for hay and silage, although dry conditions dominated the remainder. Early hay and silage results showed excellent digestibilities (DMD) and energies (ME), later cut hay tended to return to more normal figures.
The Spring 2012 weather was favourable this haymaking season and as a result the quality of hay has generally been excellent with early cutting and short curing times. However dry conditions since December 2012 have lowered the quality of late cut hay. FeedTest has compiled some averages from the samples tested in the first half of this season and it shows some interesting patterns.
FeedTest is now able to provide nutritional test information necessary for successful Transition Cow Management.
FeedTest provides Fodder testing to the standard Australian Fodder Industry Association (AFIA) recommended formulas and methods.
Australia is facing a shortage of hay this winter, despite plenty of demand from farmers wanting to feed hungry stock.