Fencing on a property can be a lot more than just keeping live stock on your land, if done well there can also be some knock-on effects that could increase your bottom line. Increased control over where your herd is grazing improves pasture and stock condition.
It is common knowledge that subdivision of large blocks to enable more controlled or rotational grazing will improve pasture quality on the farm, grow more feed for your cattle and improve their long term condition. There are other benefits that can stem from improved cattle management with strategic fencing and watering points – tick and worm control are two of the knock-on benefits, but so is a reduced mortality rate of your breeding cows.
A recent MLA study has shown that among other things herd management is one of the key factors effecting breeder mortality rates. A Northern Territory grazier has reduced his breeder mortality rate to 2.5% by putting his cows into calving groups, based on gestation, onto the right country so they can access the best feed while lactating. Being able to segregate the breeders into calving groups is the backbone of reducing their breeder mortality rates as well as keeping detailed herd statistics using electronic weighing and data collection systems.
With pasture spelling and more intensive herd management, cows are able to be maintained at a body condition score of 3 or better. Better condition helps cows to reconceive and then calve in the lead up to the wet season; this also shortens the calving period.
Pasture management and fencing land types are two items that are covered in funding opportunity’s from Reef Rescue Grazing, if you, or someone you know could benefit from Reef Rescue funding please visit www.rc2019.thedma.com.au or contact Scott Underdown on 0437 344 851