In a previous article, we discussed some great all-purpose advice on how to protect and maintain healthy cattle, but with winter almost upon us, it’s important to get ready your livestock ready to push through the cold.
The old saying goes ‘prevention is better than cure’, so when it comes to your equipment and your livestock, it’s always better to have peace of mind when protecting your assets.
Whether you’re making changes to an existing shed or adding a new barn to your property, any farmer worth their salt knows the best quality beef comes from happy and healthy livestock. This is also an important factor if you export or sell it right here in Australia.
The Australian cattle numbers fell to their lowest level in two decades in 2020 following the severe and prolonged drought we have received.Read more
There are many benefits to low-stress cattle handling for farmers. Not only does it ensure the health and wellbeing of the animal, but it also leads to higher weight gains, conception rates, milk yields and even less susceptibility to disease. By achieving low-stress cattle handling both the farmer and the animal are rewarded. Livestock become stressed when something in its environment causes their control mechanisms to become overtaxed and thereby, no longer working effectively or efficiently.
So how can we avoid ‘stressors’ and ensure the livestock’s health? Here we break down 5 ways to achieve low-stress cattle handling.
No one would argue that valuables are at risk and unprotected when outside, and the resources on your farm are no different. Grain feed isn’t left out in the rain, it’s stored away where it’s dry and it can remain safe. The same is true for any number of things you can find on a farm. Thinking about this raises the question, what’s the best material to use for shelter? Although we may be a bit biased, we have a number of good reasons to believe that the answer is steel shed storage.
Livestock farmers are under both moral and regulatory obligations to take good care of all the animals living on their farm. But the benefits of keeping comfortable cattle goes far beyond avoiding costly penalties. Although this is obvious, it can be challenging to get the wheels rolling on an animal or cattle comfort strategy.
Think of a steel shed. A trusty though somewhat boring type of structure – there’s not much room for imagination so it would seem. But, as steel fabricators, we know and see all when it comes to steel sheds – and the pick of the day is solar energy. You build a steel shed because you need to protect the things – equipment, supplies, livestock – all that go inside a structure. But what about that space on the roof? Most people don’t even consider that it provides an ideal space to mount solar panels.Read more
A year in review. Although 2020 is a year we’d all like to forget, it impacted Australian agriculture less than you might think. With beautiful rains on the forecast, and plenty of socially distanced land to roam on, what’s there to complain about?Read more