Milne Feeds has experience in feeding pastoral cattle and working stock horses and can provide you with a feeding solution to help your business.
For the last four years we have successfully assisted pastoralists grow early weaned calves by enhancing rumen development using the high quality Calfgro®. Our new Maxipro®, with 30% CP and mineral concentrate is ideal for those who have sorghum and wish to improve growth rates. The by-pass protein in Maxipro®, will also improve growth rates of cattle fed on dry native pastures.
Milne Feeds can help you to ensure that cattle don’t miss the boat while prices are reasonable!
Working Horse Cubes and Horse Museli have been designed and priced for the pastoral region. We welcome direct enquires at Perth prices.
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Bonney Downs Station, located 110km south of Marble Bar in the Pilbara, has for the last four years integrated the station with properties in the northern agricultural region. The station runs a cow/calf operation and for a number of years has focused on genetic improvement and weaner quality, by using a mix of Santa Gertrudis, Shorthorn and Droughtmaster bulls. Each year the station trucks around 7,000 head down to their Enneabba finishing farms run by Dan Young who prepares the cattle for various markets. To do this, Dan places enormous emphasis on handling, both in and out of the yards and using his horses. The other part of the equation is Easybeef.
When visited in early November, Dan was busy putting the tail of this year’s arrivals through the feedlot. A meticulous cattleman, Dan measures everything and gave details of his success using Easybeef which has been an integral part of the farm’s operation for the past four years.
“When they arrive we grade them and background them until they are about 260kg before going into the feedlot on Easybeef”. We prefer to sell at a weight of 320 kgs or better, depending on the market. He said, “this mob of 1007 are the tail. They cost $2.40 per head a day to run and I expect them to gain an average of 2kg per head across the herd per day. With Easybeef, if you’re not getting 2kg a day growth, something’s wrong! It might be flies or something else but if they’re not putting on 2kg a day (on Easybeef) I know something’s wrong.”
Dan also mentioned he had an earlier mob through the feedlot during Spring that averaged 2.4kg gain per day. “The conditions were perfect” he said.
Milne Feeds have spent a number of years developing the Easybeef pellet which is simple to use and 100% safe, so clients get the performance that they need, without having to ever worry about acidosis, swollen hocks or hot feet. EasyBeef is a product that can help the pastoralist or the southern cattle producer to value add their own livestock as minimal infrastructure and equipment is required to feed cattle. So before selling your weaner to someone else who will them make the additional returns from finishing it, give some consideration of using EasyBeef to capture this additional value for yourself. If you have any questions or would like to place an order, please call Milne Feeds on 9351 0700
“We have used Milne Agri Feeds Calfgro product at Yougawalla Pastoral Company for four years now. The product has been used for feeding early weaned calves down to 80kgs in order to avoid the cost of a second round muster and maintain condition on breeding cows during the dry season by removing their calves earlier. We have found the product to be very good for converting young calves stomachs and helping them though the weaning process to allow them to keep going forward once they are placed on native pasture. Our kids feed Milne Calfgro to their bottle fed poddy calves to get them ready for weaning too.”
– Haydn Sale, Manager.
“Seasonal conditions in our environment can require radical weaning in order to maintain breeder condition. To care for these calves we have been feeding Calfgro for two seasons now. We feed pellets ad lib along with dry standing feed and it is surprising how little Calfgro is required to set up 90+ kg weaners. Once weaners reach 130kg they are taken off pellets.
The main difficulty we encountered was crows and cockatoos eating the ad lib Calfgro, but this was eliminated by not feeding oaten or sorghum hay while feeding pellets nearby. The most impressive aspect of this program is how well these weaners maintain the condition they gain on Calfgro, even when on comparatively poor pasture.”
– Anne Marie Huey, Manager
“We have used Calfgro pellets at Myroodah Station to feed early weaned and weaker poddy calves since 2011. Most of the pellet feeding happens during the second round as I am happy to heavy wean to look after cow condition. However I will feed Calfgro pellets to weaker calves early in the season if required. Previously we would turned these weaker calves out into the paddock, where they went “cooking for themselves”, hoping that they would improve once on the river country, but so often we noticed that they never did. A few weeks on Calfgro pellets seems to give these weaker calves the start that they need and they can handle the paddock feed better.
We will wean calves as small as 80-90 kgs and feed them on Calfgro and paddock feed (balage if required) until they get to 120-130 kgs. We have them in a paddock close to the yards so that we can regularly take the tops out of the mob. Getting the calves into the yards for a draft is a simple as starting the bobcat and watching the weaners come running.
In 2011 we fed about 700 weaker poddies and smaller weaners, but last year, with better management, we only fed about 300. It makes a real difference to these calves that would otherwise struggle, after all, they are all worth money.”
– Chris Daniels, Manager
“At Kalyeeda we have used the Calfgro pellets for three years with calves that we have weaned down to 80 kgs. We normally heavy wean during the second round although last year we also heavy weaned kgs with the first round as feed was tight and we wanted to look after cow condition.
When the calves are weaned, we train them to Calfgro in the yards for 4-5 days, making hay available. We then put the calves in the cooler paddock for a further 4-5 days by which time the calves all know what the pellet is and are eating. The weaners are then walked to a holding paddock with good feed and we hand feed the pellets. We do not over do the feeding because the aim is to get the rumen working so that the weaner can make better use of the dry paddock feed. We keep an eye on the dung and can see when the rumen is starting to function.
When the weaners reach about 110 kgs, we take the tops off every 7-10 days. This is important as the bigger calves eat more pellets.
In 2014 we fed about 220 light weight weaners from the first round and then another 340 from the second round. We used about 20T of Calfgro in total which I feel is very cost effective.
We will continue to wean heavy where necessary, knowing that the Calfgro pellet gives these calves a good start, before going out onto paddock feed.”
– Peter Camp, Owner/Manager.