Get the best out of your fodder purchases

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Many farmers are now completing their feed budgets for the next six months having completed their home harvest and, in many cases, utilised what summer crops were available. If the decision has been made to purchase additional fodder for the farm it is often best to enter the market early when supply and demand is less pinched across any region.

There are a few simple rules that will minimise potential costs on a fodder purchase. They are: always purchase on a per tonne basis and never by the bale; ideally have a representative feed test so you can work through the costs per unit DM and energy; pin down the specs on fodder storage on the farm of origin if the fodder is not being delivered directly.