Livestock and dairy cows show increased produce and higher quality produce after grazing on pastures improved with Converte. The new life system in the soil created by Converte creates pasture with higher Brix factor with more diverse plant mass that has reported higher digestable water-soluble carbohydrates at the expense of indigestible fibre. This increases the dry matter and thus energy intake. Results have shown a 44% increase in daily stock production and a 4 to 8KG milk/cow/day increase from this fresh Converte improved forage.
Understanding the benefits around converted feed
As part of the research process, hundreds of hours was used to gather information from credible studies at some of the World’s leading Pasture and related Institutions, and from Fertilizer Company farm trials.
Dairy is generally more intensive than non-containment [ie pasture or free range] beef and thus possibly proportionally more research has been focused on detailed practices in pasture and management in dairy as compared to beef. In this study, it was discovered a number of practices, which though originally aimed at milk production, could have a profound affect on meat gain.
Some in fact – for example the research of the Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research (IGER, Aberystwyth, SY233EB, UK) has demonstrated [using their own high Brix grass] the benefits of increased forage Brix levels for dairy, beef and lamb production.
It demonstrated that increasing forage Brix levels [eg from about 2.7 to 3.6 Brix] increased dairy cow Dry matter intake by about l.7kg Dry Mass/head/day per Brix unit; which translates to a 2.5kg Milk Yield Increase/head/day (Dan Skow in the USA achieved 3kg milk/Brix unit). This occurs because increased Brix reflects more plant mass reporting as highly digestible water-soluble carbohydrates [mainly sugars] at the expense of indigestiblc fibre [hemicellulose, cellulose and lignin] which increases the dry matter and thus digestible energy intake.
Furthermore, Nitrogen partitioning is improved, and 24% less Nitrogen losses to urine were demonstrated being converted to milk and/or body protein. The improved partitioning of nitrogen to milk and/or meat lowers the dietary protein requirement- an expensive farming input – and reduces an environmental groundwater contamination problem.
Increasing Brix is a simple way of converting nitrogen to more useful placement as milk or meat proteins. In any event the meat results were:
FOR BEEF: A 27% [1 .27-fold] increase in daily mass gain [viz gaining 0.28kg/animal/day more, over the base-line of l,02kg/animal/day total in Zero-grazing (keeping the animals in a stall, and bringing fodder to them instead of allowing them to outside
FOR LAMBS: 44% increase in daily meat production: A 20% [l .2 fold] mass gain per and AT 20% GREATER STOCKING RATE!
Other data demonstrates how:
a) some cattle carry a genetic disposition to longer grazing times – but this advantage can be lost if they are subverted by the herd instinct in the presence of less producitve/shy feeding cattle. For dairy, this can mean up to l5kg/cow/day equivalent to l.6kg beet/day if similar conversion The lesson? The more productive grazers should be herded and grazed separately to take advantage of their greater production potential if allowed to exercise it?
b) An increase of about 4 to 8kg milk/cow/day is achieved by increasing fresh forage sap by l.5 to 3 Brix units through choosing better forage varieties, balanced fertilizing or the use of plant tonics – equivalent to over 0.4kg additional beef/animal/day if similar conversion efficiencies could be maintained.
c) By correctly balancing increases in sulphur relative to nitrogen to meet the needs for thioamino acid production, 38-42% increased Dry Mass forage yield is achieved and increases have been demonstrated in the plant sap Brix equivalent up to 7.5 kg milk/cow/da.