Scene + Herd: Podcasts from Beef + Lamb New Zealand

High performing forages to drive profitability

October 1, 2020

Guest speaker Blair Nelson who, along with his wife Anna, farms 1,100ha of hill country in the King Country.  The couple were Beef + Lamb New Zealand Innovation Farmers and sought to lift profitability on their cultivable land by $200/ha. Focusing on specialist forages, they generated average post-weaning lamb growth rates of 240 g/day.  While primarily used for lambs, this feed was also used for growing out hoggets and had a profound effect on their farm system. They believe that this focus on feeding sets the potential for the life-time performance.

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