Keeping your weaners growing over Summer

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Farm Table says:

Handy guide to check out if have weaners and stubble this summer.

Jonathan provides the key points for managing growth in weaners over summer:

  • Target growth rates: light weaners >2kg/month, heavy weaners >1kg/month
  • Weigh a random 50 weaners to monitor growth rates in the mob, or check that the condition score is being maintained
  • Rotate through the stubble paddocks so weaners have first access to the best stubbles
  • Feed weaners 200g/head/day throughout summer and increase this to about 500g – 1kg/hd/day as the stubbles run out
  • Draft out the tail and feed those that need it the most
  • Remember that both protein and energy effect weaner growth rates
  • Monitor feed availability within 800m of the water point
  • Vitamin E for weaners if they are on dry feed for more than 6 weeks
  • Don’t forget to check water quality
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