GrazFeed

GrazFeed is a decision-support tool to help graziers improve their profitability of livestock production, through more efficient use of pasture and supplementary feeds.

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Who this tool is for

Sheep and beef producers in southern Australia who use pasture and supplementary feed.

 

Questions this tool answers

For sheep and beef production in southern Australia:

  • What is the likely animal production from the existing pasture?
  • What are the supplementary feed requirements to the existing pasture, for maintenance or for production outcomes?

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What this tool does

GrazFeed calculates the energy and protein requirements of sheep and cattle grazing a particular pasture or being lot fed. GrazFeed can help you to:

  • decide what level of annual production a particular pasture will support
  • select the most suitable feeds to use

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Inputs

You enter into GrazFeed:

  • estimates of pasture availability and quality
  • a description of your grazing animals, including number and type

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Outputs

Based on your inputs, Grazfeed outputs a report including data on:

  • energy and protein requirements of your animals
  • supplement cost per head
  • expected animal production and weight gain
  • expected protein metabolism, methane and faeces output per animal

Figures 1 and 2 are examples of Grazfeed output charts. A full example report is also available.


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Reliability

GrazFeed can be applied to any temperate or tropical grazing system where sheep or cattle graze pasture rather than browse shrubs.

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History

GrazFeed was developed by the CSIRO Agriculture Flagship (formerly CSIRO Plant Industries) in Canberra, and is distributed and supported by Horizon Agriculture.

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Support available

Further information about GrazFeed is available on the web:

Web: Horizon Agriculture

Technical support is available by contacting:

Email: horizonag@hzn.com.au

Phone: 02 9440 8088

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Where to get it

Web: Horizon Agriculture

Email: horizonag@hzn.com.au

Phone: 02 9440 8088

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Cost

One-off cost

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