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    Free Cattle Rationing Advice for Suckler Herds at Beef BRP Workshop 08/11/07

Independent ruminant nutritionist Lizz Clarke will be handing out personalised winter feeding advice for farmers with suckler herds, at an EBLEX  Beef Better Returns Rationing Workshop, at Newton Rigg on 3 December.

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The meeting is free – but places must be booked in advance so that farmers can submit details of the feeds that are available on their farm, and the number, breed and performance targets for one particular group of animals, before the meeting. All the information supplied will remain confidential.

To start, Mrs Clarke will outline the basic principles of rationing and talk about the pros and cons of different types of feed with everyone. She will then move on to discuss specific feeding options individually and in confidence, based on the information supplied beforehand.

“With cereal prices continuing to rise, it is going to be more expensive than usual to feed cows and calves this winter,” says Mrs Clarke. “So it is vital to make the most of all bought-in and home-grown feeds, and to consider any alternative feed sources that may be available in the area.

“At this workshop I shall be helping farmers to draw up a balanced and cost-effective ration, that will meet both the nutritional requirements and output goals for the group of animals we are focussing on.”

Places are limited to 20 and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Call EBLEX BRP events co-ordinator Hellen Tordoff on tel: 0870 609 1840 or email: who will send out copies of the pre-meeting questionnaire.

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