Successful wintering will:
- achieve body condition score targets
- be cost-effective
- be sustainable for people, cows, and the environment
- help minimise contaminant loss to the environment and comply with local regulations
- protect valuable top soil.
Following good wintering practices does not need to cost more, as preparation and management are the crucial factors in significantly reducing contaminant losses to waterways, without compromising animal welfare.
There are three components of successful wintering:
The success of wintering starts with choosing suitable paddocks.
Once you have chosen your paddocks, speak to your agronomy specialist and fertiliser representative for advice on growing high yielding crops.
Good management during the feeding of the crop is the major driver for maintaining and reaching target Body Condition Score (BCS).