John Bawle - Co. Longford feeds up to 350 head of cattle annually. He forged a connection with Kiernan Milling when he was disappointed with the performance of bulls on his Longford-based farm; it was later discovered that the animals were suffering from laminitis - one of the main causes of lameness in cattle.
David Magee M.Agri.Sc - Ruminant Nutritionist at Kiernan Milling- inspected the farm and introduced a ration.
With an objective to retain high levels of cereals whilst still maintaining a balanced diet, yeast and acid buffer were selected as a means of neutralising the animal's stomachs; a high level of protected zinc was added to build-up the keratin wall in the animal's hooves.
John monitored performance by weighing his cattle regularly; he also noticed that lameness reduced dramatically up to three months following the change of diet.
An independent trial was then conducted by Tom O' Reilly - the ICBF (Irish Cattle Breeding Federation), with results as follows:
- Slaughter Date: September 5th 2018
- Average Daily Gain: 2.09kg (115 days)
- Dead Weight: 488.9kg
- Kill Out: 60%
- Fat Cover 2+
Speaking following the trial, Jow Bawle - farmer said: "A bedded shed made a huge difference and regarding the feed, the cattle's feet have improved immensely - that's a big difference in weight gain. When feet are right, the cattle will perform."
"Getting your diet balanced will give you that extra performance." David Magee M.Agri.Sc added.
For more information, contact Kiernan Milling by visiting their website.
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