Capital stock feeding is the maintenance of breeding stock between weaning and the following lambing or calving. To improve conception rates during mating, strategic periods of improved nutritional planning are required. These are regularly supported by general pastures but are often supported by high-quality supplementary options through autumn. These supplementary forages are often focussed on ewes, as breeding cows regularly get used as a management tool and spend less time on improved pastures.
Note: When sowing grass in the Upper North Island, it is essential that a cultivar with AR37 endophyte is selected and insecticide treated seed is used, as insect pest pressure in this region is extensive.
General pastures on capital stock farms are defined by some key requirements.
The general pasture must:
Cocksfoot and lucerne
Herbs and legumes
When wintering in colder environments it is important to consider crops that strategically help build whole farm pasture cover for lambing in early spring.
The winter crop must:
Italian ryegrass or cereals
Autumn body condition for mating ewes and hinds is a major event in a capital stock calendar. The following forage options can help achieve desired body conditions.
* Legion has been bred, selected and successfully tested as a perennial and will function as a perennial ryegrass. Due to a small number of tip awns Legion is certified as Lolium Boucheanum.