Drought Feed Calculator helping keep feed flow in check

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Drought Feed Calculator helping keep feed flow in check

A FEED calculator app is helping farmers across Australia and the world develop the best feed rations for their livestock.

The NSW Department of Primary Industries Drought Feed Calculator has been downloaded about 9000 times since its release in October 2014.

The app, which is an Australian-first, allows users to develop full feeding rations for sheep and cattle by calculating daily feed requirements of dry, pregnant, lactating and growing animals, in both drought and normal years.

The app can calculate the total amount of feed required per head and for a mob of animals, over a selected period of time.

The app has been downloaded across Australia, India, the US, Brazil, Turkey, Mexico, South Africa, Pakistan, Egypt and Italy.

He said the app provides estimated energy, protein and dry matter values for 71 different feeds, including hay, grain, silage and alternative feeds.

The Drought Feed Calculator was developed by DPI to consolidate information generated from more than 30 years of research and on-farm results into a simple, easy-to-use app.

 

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