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Our tips and resources can help you with the daunting process of storing and mixing feed.

Storing and mixing feed

The process of storing and mixing feed isn'™t as daunting as it may seem. The basics of mixing and storing feed are the same as buying fodder and grain/ concentrates:

  • Know what's in the feed before you buy it. Get a feed test.
  • Store it in a way that you minimise spoilage and wastage.
  • Make sure the ingredients fit your flexible feeding system
  • Be aware of any potential hazards with certain types of feeds.

When mixing and delivering feed to your herd, check that:

  • You follow the machine manufacturer'™s standard operating procedures for loading and mixing.
  • You know what a well-mixed diet looks like and so does everyone in your farm team.
  • The feed trough is higher than a foot off the ground.
  • There is enough trough space for all the animals in the group.
  • There is sufficient cow access to drinking water.
  • The diet is palatable for your cows, and not too wet, too dry or spoiling too quickly.

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Flexible feeding systems - Filling the pantry (PDF, 270KB)

If you haven't bought different feed ingredients before, it can be a daunting task. Where do you find them? How do you work out a good deal when you see one? What do you do with them once the truck arrives?

You will be pleased to know that the basics are still the same as buying fodder and grain/concentrates:

  • Know what's in the feed before you buy it. Get a feed test.
  • Store it in a way that you minimise spoilage and wastage
  • Make sure the ingredients fit your Flexible Feeding System
  • Be aware of any potential hazards with certain types of feeds 

Also includes:

  • Buy wisely (table comparing costs based on DM, energy and protein)
  • Feed supplies
  • Feed storage options
  • Examples of what is possible (images)

Feed mixing and delivery equipment

Feed mixing and delivery equipment needs to:

  • Be easy and safe to operate.
  • Fit with existing farm infrastructure.
  • Provide the same diet to all animals in the group.
  • Deliver a diet that adds to farm profit
  • Be easy to maintain (having local mechanical support is important). 

More information

Flexible feeding systems - Mixing and delivering feed (PDF, 504KB)

Explains what equipment to use to mix and deliver feed to your herd, such as a front-end loader (tractor and bucket), silage cart or mixer wagon. Also includes various images of each.

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