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R A Leng AO. DRurSc. [Emeritus Professor, University of New England]

The new book by the author of Drought Feeding Strategies: Theory and Practice reviews many new areas for drought and dry season feeding strategies. It provides many alternative strategies for both drought feeding and for production feeding in dry seasons maximizing the use of available feed resources.

The book’s target readers are innovative property owners and farm managers, agricultural consultants and professional people, especial bank managers, accountants and undergraduate and diploma students in Agricultural Science. There are over 280 pages of text.

From the Preface by Dr M Jones former Executive Officer, Australian Meat Research Committee     “As a grazier I took advice from Prof. Leng’s first book and discovered that drought feeding can be profitable. The Land newspaper’s review of the same book considered it to be the best $25 worth that any grazier could ever spend. Likewise the new book is a worthy companion and will be money well spent by graziers and students of animal nutrition”.

The introductory chapter emphasizes the need for greater planning and provision for drought by government and property owners. Chapter 2 deals with the major drought reserves and Chapter 3 emphasizes the role of dry season pasture and also straw as feeds capable of supporting substantial production levels. Methods are given for predicting the potential production levels of cattle and sheep from available forage and the huge benefits to be realized by supplementation to achieve a target level of production in cattle and sheep in drought. Chapter 4 opens up the question of what should be the drought feeds in the future and provides information on preservation and treatment of forages for future droughts. Chapter 5 spells out how to use whole cottonseed, molasses and sugar cane as both drought and production feeds that have never before been detailed. Cereal grain, hay and silages are dealt with in Chapter 6 together with suggestions of how to use less common drought feeds. Chapter 7 could be the most important Chapter as it discusses the feeding of the ruminant through pregnancy when conditions are difficult in drought. The Chapter 8 discusses a number of new strategies for minimizing the detrimental effects of drought. This Chapter deals with the carry over effects of imbalanced nutrition in drought on subsequent and life time production of sheep and cattle. The recommendations point out many of the fallacies of a strategy of survival feeding in drought and provides scope to capitalize on drought.

This book is now available order it here. 


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