One of the most common questions I am asked in October and November every year is what type of meal to feed and how much. My answer to that question is always, what is your silage quality like? The reply, 90% of the time, is: “It looks good. It was made in good weather. I’d say it’s good.” For some reason on drystock farms we are not good at testing silage quality. Not testing silage and asking questions about what meal to feed is like pouring the milk and sugar into the bowl before you pour the cornflakes in. It’s not the right way to do it.

Winter management of weanlings is an area that needs huge improvement on beef farms.