The Mundubbera area is looking great at the moment. Thanks to the recent rain, and if you believe the long rang weather forecasts it’s not over yet. It is great to see people smiling at the prospect of going into winter with a decent amount of feed. Because of the recent rain events pasture is now growing faster than normal. Your pasture is more than likely to be producing more fibre and lignin than usual as it matures into both stages 3 & 4 plants, limiting intake.
Protein meals are a valuable base for dry lick supplements and for inclusion in grain rations. Common high quality forms of protein meal are cottonseed meal and copra.
These protein meals provide a portion of bypass protein; this is not degraded in the rumen and passes into the small intestine where it is absorbed and utilised directly by the animal. The portion that is digested in the rumen is degraded over many hours, enabling a prolonged supply of protein (nitrogen) for microbial reproduction. More rumen microbes can then continue to breakdown pastures at a greater rate and over a longer period, hence increasing the animals?۪ overall daily pasture intake. An increase in pasture intake means that more energy and microbial protein become available to the animal.