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In ruminant animals a considerable amount of degradation and synthesis of protein occurs in the rumen and the material that becomes available for digestion can differ considerably from what was originally present in the food.  Consequently, different approaches for evaluating protein sources are necessary for...

Horses are inquisitive creatures and their natural flight response often leads them to being accident prone.  Anyone who owns horses understands the anxiety and helplessness we feel when something goes wrong with our beloved companions.  When it comes to equine emergencies, having a clear plan...

How To Remineralise Your Garden Over thousands of years, essential minerals have been continually taken out of the soil by plants, often to the point of exhaustion.  Many Australian farmers understand the problems associated with declining soil fertility, as they are having to use increasing amounts...

Riding Tips and Hints with Brett Cantle There are many elements and parts of a good technique. Everything that you read in the following posts is what I have learnt from others, and works for me. If you have another way of going about it that...

As we bring our horses in to prepare them for the upcoming year of competing, no matter what your chosen discipline is there are a few important things that you can do to help reduce your horse’s risk of developing gastric ulcers. Equine gastric ulcer syndrome...

Living with droughts has more often than not become a way of life for Australian graziers and the cost of feeding livestock for extended periods of time pays a heavy toll.  If you have the capability and facilities, early weaning can be a very strategic...

Many of Australia's cattle producers are starting to feed grain to their stock. However, to get the best results, the balance of a ration is more important than the type of grain or inputs used. Many of the rations we review lack enough effective chewable fibre....

The importance of soil tests for crop and livestock nutrition "Should I do a soil test?"was the question I was asked on the phone tonight, and my standard response is "yes''. If you intend to plant anything, a soil test can reveal nutrient deficiencies (and excesses), and...

If you have been lucky enough to have received adequate rain and you have green grass, here are a few tips to help maximise weight gain. Step 1 - Satisfy salt cravings Salt is a mineral and has a role but salt cravings are often the main reason...

The impacts of Fertilising Practices In a healthy state, the soil is a living, dynamic ecological system that maintains homeostasis (a term used to describe a relatively constant internal environment despite external change). This ability and condition is most conducive for healthy soils, healthy plants and...

Sodium - Challenges & Solutions Many soils with high Sodium levels are also highly productive, particularly when properly managed. The use of soil conditioners such as Natra Min is one such method of vastly improving the friability and productivity of soil subjected to high Sodium levels. Effects on Plants Sodium...