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PASTORAL Research Trial Results for LAMBEX

LAMBEX PRE WEANING + 75gm/DAY  +49% more drafted

Aim:  A farmer ran his own trial to test the benefits of lambex against an opposition product made by another company in the market( for courtesy reasons we won’t name this product). He forwarded us the results.The farmer has a reputation for being a good stockman and has a history of being one of the first in the Timaru district to get his lambs away to the works. The season was average for lamb fattening. Their were no dirty lambs in the flock indicating feed quality was good. Weaning was 3 weeks earlier than normal due to concerns that poor spring pasture growth would create a feed shortage down the track. The price schedule for early lambs was high as well.

Treatment: 3mls of each product drenched 21 days prior to weaning. 15 lambs were chosen for treatment and individual weights recorded to get an average for the group. The average starting weights between each group ranged from 23.4 –26.4 kg. All lambs were the same sex.

Yields: average liveweight growth over 21 days control  275gm/day  Lambex 350gm/day (+75gm/day)  Other product 265gm/day (–10gm/day)

Drafting percentages:  at 77days control 14% Lambex 63% Other product 14%.

Key Observations: In addition to better growth, Lambex treated lambs were noticeably softer/sappier so the drafter took more lambs.

After weaning: At weaning the official part of his trial was over. After measuring the weaning weights and seeing the results of Lambex Farmer X treated all the remaining lambs in his flock in order to get rid of them as fast as possible. Both him and his wife noticed how quickly the lambs settled after weaning. Within 2 days they were happily eating and showed no sign of missing the ewes (who were calling out for them at the end of the farm). 14 days later 50 more lambs were brought in for inspection by the drafter. To their amazement the lambs had not gone into their usual decline at weaning (often called hardening) so the drafter took 49 out of 50. 

Location: Timaru.

Treatment and observation :
Although this isn’t a formal trial we thought this feed back would be valuable for farmers wanting to get lambs to the works faster. A Fairlie farmer (known to be a good stockman) treated all his lambs at tailing with 2mls of Lambex. In spite of an average lamb growing season he got an astonishing 92% away to the works in the first draft. In the past he would have been very pleased with 50%. 2mls of Lambex at tailing meant he received price advantages for early lamb, plus with less mouths to feed, the paddocks could recover faster and generate more valuable feed prior to summers dry period.  I big gain overall.

The trials presented here are conducted by both agricultural scientists and clients. Thus a healthy balance exists between formal well conducted studies and on farm field results. Farmers, scientists and consultants have many different views on the usefulness of trials; objections include, efficacy, independence, and the fact that companies only present the good ones etc. Examples supporting these arguments are easy to find within the agricultural industry.

As a company we plan for the bulk of our sales growth to be through repeat business and word of mouth. Thus, it is in our best interests to present trials which represent the potential our products can deliver on a consistent and reliable basis. Biohelp (NZ) Ltd would like to reassure readers that the trials presented here are accurate, contain no bias, and the results have been consistent.