Winter Feed Budgeting

Imagine in March you are doing your winter feed budget in FARMAX. The system predicts you will have a feed deficit in September.

This is shown in the pasture cover graph - the average pasture cover (green line) falls below the minimum required cover (blue line) in September. This means there will not be enough feed to achieve what you are planning.

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You need to make a change to ensure you meet your targets through the spring. You think you could reduce liveweight gains of your bulls, sell a few bulls, buy in some hay or put on some nitrogen, but which is best?

This is where FARMAX will quantify how many bulls you need to sell or how much hay you should buy, and for each option, FARMAX can tell you how much it will cost.

If you did nothing and your bulls did not put on as much liveweight as you were planning, the cost to the example farm is $11,000. The table below gives a breakdown of this.

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You then run the other options through FARMAX and find applying urea to an extra 100ha March is the most cost effective option. At a cost of $9,000, it will ensure your bulls are up to target weight.

Using FARMAX to make the best short term decision saved this farm $2,000, and is just one of the decisions to be made this year.

FARMAX can improve the strategic direction of your farm and boost your profits by thousands. 


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