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The agricultural benefits for Australian farmers using a feed mixer in April 2022

When examining the current agricultural climate, there are a lot of considerations to be made. Given the turbulence caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and the continued turbulence since, investments in new technologies can be scary for farmers who are already facing the unknown. But one item that can help a cattle and dairy farmer is a vertical mixer. Here are several reasons why a vertical feed mixer would be a good investment based on current agricultural trends.

Cattle farmers now need energy efficient means to produce feed

One of the biggest changes in the farming industry is increased energy costs. Since the easing of Covid-19 restrictions, energy demand has skyrocketed. Between July 2020 and March 1 2022, energy products have seen massive price gouges. Oil prices have risen 158%, natural gases have reached a price rise of 174% and coal prices have exponentially increased to 530%. This trend of inflation is likely to continue for Aussie farmers, as the Australian government has made a low investment into new oil and gas supplies. Each price can change quickly and result in a massive effect on your farm’s profits. This means you need a piece of equipment that will result in lower energy consumption.

An increase in fertiliser scarcity and reduced harvests

One of the indirect effects of the increase in energy prices is that it has resulted in heightened fertiliser prices. Fertiliser exports into Australia rose in price from $1.65 billion in 2017 to $3.75 billion in 2021. One of the main reasons for this is Russia and Chine reducing the export of fertiliser to foreign countries. Other price-rising items include the active ingredients in fertiliser. Urea, Mono-ammonium phosphate and potassium chloride have each experienced over a doubling in price since these export cuts. Whilst favourable yield and increased planting have offset these costs for Australian farmers, the continued price rises for farmers may end up leaving them financially hamstrung. As such prices for items like wheat may increase and affect feed costs. Cattle feeders will have to optimise their processes to get the best out of the feed they can afford.

The increasing costs of operating a farm

Fertiliser and energy are not the only reason Australian farmers are facing a financial battle. Freight costs and delay probability have increased, affecting access to the aforementioned items that farmers require to run their farms. Another cost we may have to expect is due to Argentina’s export ban. Argentina was the second largest exporter of maize and seventh largest exporter of wheat, before banning exports to lower domestic food costs. If these exports are subsidised by Australian farmers looking to extend into more foreign markets, the results may mean heightened costs for Australian cattle farmers for feed. Farmers looking to avoid this cost increase should look toward a TMR (Total Mixed Ration) diet to save on costs.

The effects of the war in Ukraine

Of course, a key point of influence in the rising costs is the geopolitical tensions and export restrictions caused by the Ukraine-Russia conflict. As of this article, there are more projected increases in energy, fertiliser and energy prices. Russia was, before the conflict, the worlds leading provider of fertiliser, second largest crude oil exporter, third largest coal exporter and the fourth largest exporter of liquified natural gas exports. Australia has not had to heavily rely on these products prior. However, because of the flow-on effects of the reduced exports, this will still likely lead to increased prices for Australian farmers. This is particularly poignant when it comes to fertiliser as, although Rusia did not account for a large amount of Australia’s fertiliser exports, the increased requirements from other countries will mean heightened costs and reduced availability for supplies.

Why a feed mixer will help save money

If you are a beef and dairy farmer, there is a simple way to help avoid facing higher costs due to these issues. This is by acquiring a vertical feed mixer for the feeding of your cattle. The beef and dairy industry has already weathered the storm of agricultures changes with, beef farmers only seeing a 7.5% increase in fertiliser and fuel costs and dairy farmers a 9.5% increase. Compare this to the other major industries of sheep farming whose fertiliser and fuel costs have increased to 12.9% and crop farmers who have seen a 21.6% higher cost. Furthermore, food prices have reached their highest level since April 2011. This means the prices of food will likely be able to offset some of the increasing costs of running your farm. To increase your savings, employing a TMR diet via a vertical feed mixer will mean your cows will receive the correct nutritional feed at a low cost. Consider using a single screw feed mixer to enhance your feed mixing efficiency and reduce overall costs. A TMR diet can also help your cattle gain weight and body composition, with a vertical mixer allowing you to accurately mix the correct number of ingredients for your cattle.

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