Farm Guide VIC : 2012-13
35 Livestock Cell grazing is a highly effcient way to enhance productivity by improving pasture management. It also helps in running stock effectively. While traditionally seen on dairy farms, beef farmers are increasingly erecting cell grazing because it is an integral component to improving pasture quality. Sheep and cropping farmers are using it to easily take crop paddocks out of rotation to captialise on stock. Optimise inputs Electric fencing enables farmers to use other inputs - such as fertiliser and seed, which can be large costs - properly and cost effectively. There is no point in using fertiliser to increase production if current pastures aren't managed properly. It’s the same with improved pasture species: if existing pasture isn't correctly managed, then renovating it (with say a payback of six years) is a waste of time. Using electric fencing to manage pastures via cell grazing can allow farmers to do just that. Cell grazing also enables farmers to cut more silage and hay, because stock only eat what they need, rather than wasting pasture. More grass, more stock Splitting a farm into cells for rotational grazing allows farmers to rest paddocks. In essence this results in growing more grass to run more cattle. Buying and developing properties has become quite expensive; electrifed cell grazing lets farmers use their existing properties more effectively. Plan the farm layout, making sure fence lines use topography and soil types to maximum beneft. The number-one driver here is to become more proftable with stock. Compared with a set-stocking system, cell grazing is more effective at utilizing and converting feed to "dollars in the bank". Cell grazing means farmers can run more livestock - which is obviously good for proftability. Safer and cheaper Setting up cell grazing with conventional multi-wire fencing and barbwire can be cost prohibitive. However, electric fencing can be up to 50% cheaper than conventional fencing and your animals hide is not exposed to barb when using electric fencing. An electric fence is a psychological barrier so that livestock do not place pressure on the fence increasing the longevity. Ar ticle Kindly Provided by Gallagher Australia www.gallagher.com.au firstname.lastname@example.org 03 9308 7722 A Gallagher electric fence system provides convenient, cost effective stock control, improved grazing management and more profitable farming. Talk to your local Gallagher Territory Manager today for an on-farm consultation. Increase proft through improved pasture use with electric fencing Allowing pasture to rest with cell grazing will result in better grass growth.