Balancing unique nutrients can help farmers achieve efficient growth in beef cattle
19 October 2020
Understanding the impact of specific nutrients on growth rates is at the heart of a new beef rationing approach from Mole Valley Farmers.
Precision Nutrition Beef draws on a range of unique nutrients analysed through the Mole Valley Farmer’s existing rationing programme. By delving into these nutrients in detail, the aim is to help beef farmers improve performance efficiencies and ultimately, margins, says Nutritionist Dr Matt Witt.
“Feed is 75 percent of a farm’s variable costs. It’s the biggest part of production costs. If you get it wrong, it’s costing you a lot of money,” he says. “At present, beef rationing software is limited as it only looks at total energy supply, rather than how that energy is broken down. We want to establish how that energy is delivered by looking at a number of unique nutrients. By understanding the impact of these key nutrients on growth rates, we can then design diets to match a farm’s specific growth rate targets and reduce the cost per kilo of gain for that farmer.”
Precision Nutrition Beef looks at a number of specific nutrients. Ultimately, optimal animal performance is dependent on the balance between these nutrients. The nutrients include:
- Gluco TN – This looks at the precursors to glucose which an animal uses for energy and growth.
- Rapidly Fermentable Carbohydrates (g/kgDM) – This provides a more detailed look at