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THE COMPASS FEEDS BLOG

APRIL 2020

Compass Feeds team

This blog takes over from Out and About, the Covid-19 has sorted the travel bit out. So if readers have something to send in, by all means please do so. Send inputs to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Compass Feeds is an essential service, so, its nearly business as usual. Keeping social distances in the front shop is paramount, hopefully we all get through this without too many hiccups.

I’m in isolation for health reasons and getting bored already. However, I am still available for technical and product advice. Call, as usual on 0427186943 or if that fails 0475 699014.

I am always available on the email.

Magforce bag

First off, we have redesigned our MAGFORCE bag, the bag weight has changed to 20 kg, so now there will be 50 x 20 kg bags per pallet. The recipe is exactly the same, and cant be replicated, although some others have tried and failed. Magforce is a unique product as is, Edge 40 and Lambgrow.

The Magforce bag has a small window at the front of the bag so you can see the product, the whole are on the back is dedicated to Magforce information. Its very hard to supply quality information en mass using a bag label, so, the design of the bag incorporates key elements of Magforce and its use (without being to technical).

To other bits, the first week of April has seen Victorian sheep sale numbers down but prices firm, as stated by a very sound source, “ that might not be a bad thing”

The yarding in Ballarat for example was , Total yarding: 26,500, down 13,942

Lambs were down the yarding was 17,600 down 11,185

Older sheep total yarding 8900 down 2757

Decent body score Merino wethers were in demand and sold $5-$10 dearer.

Just one market but it did reflect this early April market. There are some pretty big lamb orders to fill at the moment and it doesn’t look like slowing down.

Looks like the wool job is bleeding a bit, hopefully it will correct when big players come into the market.

The grain job, as expected, is firing in all food areas. Warren Lander, AWB has a good article in Prime Ag News.

Online livestock auctions are gaining traction, which we believe is a great way forward for the time being. Well done to all. Gordon Wood has a big smile on his face at present, which is either and early birthday present or the live auction system is gaining traction.

Our Lamb feed lotting products are bolting out the door, there is a small time lag at the moment with manufacture but we are keeping up.

I would like to make a comment about feeding minerals to pregnant sheep in “confinement feeding areas”. I have had calls from a few that have been feeding grain and hay to adult ewes in confinement since January and are starting to see problems in the sheep. All species on the planet have a daily requirement for nutrients if the minimums are not met production fails and you usually have some significant problems, which are occurring, mainly calcium, magnesium and vitamin problems, particularly Thiamine (vitamin B1). It doesn’t take too much to make a call to Compass feeds and discuss mineral and vitamin supplement issues.

Just in the last few days we have seen some welcome rain some areas in the mid north had 20 plus mm last night (4/4/20) great news for guys on tractors and those tackling seeding. Some pastoral areas have had good falls, as per normal, some missed out.

The next Blog will contain a sheep problem or 2 that we all face.

In the meantime, stay safe, keep your distance and remember, Compass Feeds are always on tap to support you and your livestock as much as we can

Regards
Ross Waller
Compass Feeds P/L
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Cheers
Rossco

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