James Hartshorne
Tapanui, West Otago

“It’s the ME value of SF SUGA™ beet that really makes it an attractive proposition. Silage is consistently 10 ME and PK 10 ME, SF SUGA™ beet is consistently 12 ME.”

Seed Force™ SUGA™ beet provides options for Tapanui dairy farmer, James Hartshorne – it can be fed in a dry summer or stored and used as a supplement in the autumn.

James and his wife Helen are 50/50 sharemilking 600 cows at Tapanui in West Otago for Hennie and Gea Amtink.

They find their cows perform well on beet – they’re contented and put on condition.

“Going into a low payout, yes it’s more expensive to grow but you have to bring it back to how the cows perform on it, how they put condition on and how contented they are on it – and it gives you options.”

This year they grew SF SUGA™ beet and are using it mostly as a supplement to milk into the autumn.

James estimates they can put silage in front of cows for 40¢/kg DM, palm kernel (PK) for 25¢/kg DM and the lifted SF SUGA™ can be grown off farm and put in front of a cow for 15-20¢/kg DM.

It’s the ME value of SF SUGA™ beet that really makes it an attractive proposition. “Silage is consistently 10 ME and PK 10 ME, SF SUGA™ beet is consistently 12 ME.

“It’s about cost per hectare and for us, what we’ve done, is by putting PK with silage, it’s reduced the cost. And by putting beet into cows, they are eating up to 6kg of beet per cow per day in the autumn, therefore reducing the amount of PK and silage and pushing days in milk out. We didn’t dry off until June 21 this year.”

Seed Force™ SUGA™ beet provides options for Tapanui dairy farmer, James Hartshorne – it can be fed in a dry summer or stored and used as a supplement in the autumn.

James and his wife Helen are 50/50 sharemilking 600 cows at Tapanui in West Otago for Hennie and Gea Amtink.

They find their cows perform well on beet – they’re contented and put on condition.

“Going into a low payout, yes it’s more expensive to grow but you have to bring it back to how the cows perform on it, how they put condition on and how contented they are on it – and it gives you options.”

This year they grew SF SUGA™ beet and are using it mostly as a supplement to milk into the autumn.

James estimates they can put silage in front of cows for 40¢/kg DM, palm kernel (PK) for 25¢/kg DM and the lifted SF SUGA™ can be grown off farm and put in front of a cow for 15-20¢/kg DM.

It’s the ME value of SF SUGA™ beet that really makes it an attractive proposition. “Silage is consistently 10 ME and PK 10 ME, SF SUGA™ beet is consistently 12 ME.

“It’s about cost per hectare and for us, what we’ve done, is by putting PK with silage, it’s reduced the cost. And by putting beet into cows, they are eating up to 6kg of beet per cow per day in the autumn, therefore reducing the amount of PK and silage and pushing days in milk out. We didn’t dry off until June 21 this year.”

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