13 May 2020
Lifestyle block owners are being urged to start feed planning for winter now following the recent drought.
Despite the rain which has started falling in the North Island the drought will unfortunately have lasting impacts over winter says Kate Brennan of lifestyleblock.co.nz.
“For lifestyle block farmers it’s now more important than ever not to lose sight of what a long road to recovery it is as we head into winter. When feed is short it's essential to make the most of what you've got, and feed planning will be key over the next 6 months,” says Kate.
FMG’s Advice manager, Stephen Cantwell says that they’re concerned for lifestyle block owners who may not have the same experience with droughts as farmers.
“We spoke with Alan Cole, Provincial Presidents Federated Farmers of Auckland, to find out what our lifestyle clients can do to make sure they can meet their animals’ nutritional needs over winter,” says Stephen.
If you’ve already had to use supplement feed such as hay, baleage or hard feed now is the time to consider reducing your feed demand. Look at the number of animals you have on your property and seek advice from your vet or feed supplier if you need to.
If you do need to purchase more feed, purchase it early and have it on hand. Feed is in short supply across the sector so it will be more expensive than it may have been earlier in the season.
Lifestyle blocks tend to have high feed demand and smaller areas which make spreading fertiliser and reseeding grass seed too difficult with traditional farm equipment. Coming up with ways to do this will not only boost your pasture supply heading into winter but help your pastures recover longer term.
Some of the tips to boost pasture supply include:
For more information, including how to put together a feed budget head to lifestyleblock.co.nz or 0800 BEEFLAMB which is being supported by MPI.