Bathurst Show 2016

Name:  Peter & Gordon
Breed:  Holstein
Age:  4-5 Years old
Breeder:  LW Lake & Son of the farm Tankatara

Peter 1070kg 1

Gordon 1120kg

We decided to feed these Oxen specifically for the Bathurst Agricultural Show and for the enjoyment of feeding. Please read further to see their intake of Food and the Cost involved of feeding animals.

They arrived with us on the 16 November 2015 weighing in at 880kg over the Weighbridge.

We Started off feeding them a 15% Protein Pellet supplied by Nova Feeds for the first 60 Days, this is the Same Ration that we give our Dairy Heifers that are Standing in Isolation for Export.

This is a Combined Ration for Both Oxen keeping in mind that a Continues supply of Rhodes Bales was made available for them at all times.

Divide by 2 for individual cost and intake.  This should give you a new found respect for our Farmers that have to feed their animals………………

Day 1 to Day 30 = 25 kg of OFK 15% (Nova Feeds mix)
Day 30 to Day 60 = 50kg of OFK 15% (Nova Feeds Mix)
Day 60 to Day 90 we added 25kg of Straight Run (Milled Maze)
Day 90 to Day 138 Feed was increased to 50kg of 15% and 50kg of Maize

TOTAL CONCENTRATE CONSUMED:
9300.kg
TOTAL RHODES BALES CONSUMED:
18 Bales @ 250kg/Bale

COST OF FEEDING
OFK 15% R4/kg
Milled Maize R3.96/kg
Rhodes Bales R315/bale
15% 6150kg x R4/kg R24600.00
Maize 3150kg x R3.96/kg R12474.00
Bales 18 x R315/bale R5670.00

TOTAL FEED COST
R42 744.00
Now take into account our Purchase price of R28000.00 for the two oxen.

TOTAL EXPENDITURE: R70744.00
Break-even: R35372.00 each to cover cost.

So when you next enjoying that Steak…  Please bare a Thought for the Poor Farmer that made a Loss on his life’s work so that you could fill your Belly!

This Exercise has been a Pleasure and we are grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the show!
THANK YOU!!