A lot of livestock nutritional information available to farmers in Australia is focused on feeding animals during dry feed situations. Maintaining stock during drought or dry conditions can be costly and challenging for farmers. When the rain comes there is a huge sigh of relief and the common belief is now that we have lush green feed I can sit back and let the grass do its job.
Unfortunately, sitting back and doing nothing is not always the best for the health and production of livestock and can, at times, be even more costly. The nutritional value of lush, green, fast-growing pastures and fodder crops can vary dramatically and can be limiting in some essential nutrients and excessive in others. These nutrient imbalances can sap the benefits from your early season pasture and crops, and can contribute to physiological disturbances that can lead to conditions such as grass tetany, bloat and scours. Sick animals result in poor performance, backsliding and wasted feed that all add up to lost income. Luckily there are management tools that you can use to help prevent these undesirable side effects from grazing lush green feed.