CPA18341VMB Leeton case study - LR 270918 - Flipbook - Page 3
“You need to change the ration from
protein at the start to energy at the end.”
“Using a grain balancer saves you grain in the long
term,” Leigh says. “The sheep are getting all the vitamins,
minerals and meds they need, so they are getting more
out of the grain.
“We haven’t bought anything special. We use our chaser bin
to mix and feed out and use our telehandler to move the
pellets and straw. I don’t see any benefit in spending a fortune
when grain and lamb prices can change in an instant.”
“It’s more palatable than my previous concentrate. The lambs
used to selectively eat the barley and leave the concentrate.
Now they eat the lot. You can see it makes a difference. They
finish better, their rear-end is clean and their fleece is clean.”
Mark implements a more aggressive feeding program based
on a seven-day induction using pellets before switching to
a grain-based finishing ration with ad-lib access to barley
straw. “I’m a bit more impatient than Leigh,” he says.
Mark Tabain conducts a 2500-head
lamb feedlot on his family’s 2800
ha property, “Roseneath”, which
also hosts a large winter and
summer cropping program, as well
as a grain storage and transport
business. “I met Leigh through the
trucks and became interested in his
lamb operation,” he says.
“Using a grain balancer
saves you grain
“We have a seven-day induction
and then it’s ‘full noise’. Through
experience and observation, we’ve
realised that you need to change
the ration from protein at the start
to energy at the end.
in the long term.”
“Leigh got me going and it’s taken off from there. He taught
me everything and we’ve learnt some more together. I
started off feeding a couple of hundred lambs about five
years ago and now we’re up to 10,000 a year.”
Mark’s feedlot comprises 10 pens adjacent to the property’s
woolshed. “We’ve extended the holding yards and bought
a couple of feeders, but that’s about it,” he says.
“Leigh is more intensive than me
in that he puts out hay and grain
every day, whereas I put out large
square bales and fill the feeders once a week. I still go
around every morning and night to see what’s going on,
particularly during induction.”
Mark is also impressed by the performance of VitaMinBuf.
“It allows us to get them onto the grain quicker,” he says.
“I don’t have to worry about providing a mineral drench,
a lick or a block because the lambs are getting everything
they need from the concentrate. I think it does a better job
and it’s certainly easier to use.”