Containment feeding – can you get ahead of the game?

Longreach producers Boyd and Katie Webb have utilised containment feeding to overcome nutritional deficiencies, drought and predation, even lambing in pens. The Webbs ramped up feeding activities in 2014 and Boyd said about the investment “It’s a game changer but it costs a lot of money, when you are under the pump in the drought it is not the best time to get into it”.

The Webbs have fine-tuned their containment feeding systems over time, with many lessons learnt along the way. Boyd said a key learning was to be prepared. “We’re trying to keep animals in a good productive condition and saleable, whilst looking after our pastures as best we can,” Boyd said.

Read more about the Webb’s setup, include pen size and costs in the case study.

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