Some areas of Queensland have been very fortunate and have received good rainfall over the summer months. This has created excellent pasture growth in these areas, setting them up with a solid body of feed heading in to the winter. However in the last few weeks there have been some very high temperatures with no relieving rain, so pastures have really started to hay off, signalling the start of declining pasture quality.
It is acknowledged throughout the cattle industry that visually observing & monitoring the dung of your herd is a vital management practice. The consistency, colour and shape of a pile of manure can imply a low/high fibre diet, can suggest the protein level of the diet, and can indicate whether there are any health issues/upsets with the digestive system. Farmers have relied on mere visual observation of manure and pastures for centuries, so why now are producers spending time and money investing in pasture and dung sampling?