University Trials prove the benefits of MegaMin for stock during drought conditions
Drought / Dry Feed Trial Data
Trials performed by Dr Lewis Kahn, at the University of New England have shown that MegaMin Loose Supplement provides a SAFE, ECONOMICAL and EFFECTIVE alternative to the use of UREA for winter and drought feeding as well as a natural alternative to products commonly used as an acidosis preventative in grain rations.
Client testimonials relating to the use of these products have suggested benefits such as improved utilization of low quality feeds; reduced grazing pressure; prevention of acidosis during grain feeding; improved conception rates and improved animal health.
However, in an effort to validate these benefits, Dr Lewis Kahn (BRurSc, PhD Animal Science) was commissioned to conduct independent trials at the University of New England, Armidale.
These trials have quantified and confirmed many of the benefits that farmers using MegaMin Loose Supplement and MegaMin Lick Blocks have reported. (MegaMin Lick Blocks are based on MegaMin Loose Supplement.)
To determine the effectiveness of using MegaMin Loose Supplement as an alternative to feeding Urea during dry weather and drought conditions.
Animals: 27 Hereford weaner steers with 3 pens (each with 3 animals) per diet. Average weight of stock: 285kg.
Location: Kirby Feedlot, University of New England
Duration: The trial was conducted over two periods with period one being on low quality feed and period two being an even lower quality feed to simulate deepening drought conditions.
Period 1: Low Quality Feed (64 days)
The cattle were fed a roughage mix of 80% Barley Chaff and 20% Lucerne Chaff with three pens receiving MegaMin Loose Supplement (29 grams/day) and three receiving Urea (75grams/day) as a supplement. As a control, three pens received no supplement. During this period all cattle gained a marginal amount of weight.
Period 2: Drought Feed Ration (49 days)
To simulate deteriorating fodder quality as would be experienced during a drought, a reduction in the amount of lucerne from 20% to 5% of the ration was implemented in the second trial period. Three pens received MegaMin Loose Supplement (44 grams/day) and three receiving Urea (94 grams/day) as a supplement. As a control, three pens received no supplement. Over the course of the 49-day period, all cattle lost weight with the steers fed MegaMin Loose Supplement having the lowest weight loss.