Producer perceptions of feedbase limitations to livestock production and requirements for amelioration

Belinda Hackney1, 2, Clare Edwards3, John Piltz4, Michael Friend2, John Howieson5

1 Central West Local Land Services, 42 Sherriff St, Forbes, NSW, 2871, belinda.hackney@lls.nsw.gov.au

2 Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation, Charles Sturt University and NSW Department of Primary Industries, Wagga Wagga, NSW 2650

3 Central Tablelands Local Land Services, 112 Market St, Mudgee, NSW, 2850

4 NSW Department of Primary Industries, Pine Gully Rd, Wagga Wagga, NSW, 2650

5 Murdoch University, 90 South St, Murdoch, WA, 6150

Abstract

This study found considerable limitation of current feedbase resources to attain livestock production goals of producers. Total feed production and feed quality were top ranking factors limiting livestock production. Information and training on pasture establishment and pasture management ranked as most important in achieving livestock production targets with a strong preference for regional trials, field days and training to facilitate adoption. Producer ability to match feedbase resources to livestock needs was poor. We suggest training emphasis should be placed here to illicit immediate improvement in livestock production.

Host

The Australian Society of Agronomy is the professional body for agronomists in Australia. It has approximately 500 active members drawn from government, universities, research organisations and the private sector.

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