The Rata Blog

Discover innovations, news and tips from NZ's own farm machinery attachments manufacturer.

May/June Beet Bucket Deal - Dispatch in 72 hours or it's FREE!*

Posted by Sam Searle on May 20, 2020 5:28:50 PM

As we head into the colder months we thought we'd heat things up with our "Dispatch in 72 hours or it's FREE!*" deal on Beet Buckets! (see more details below).

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Topics: Fodder Beet, Silage & Winter Feed Handling

Should you add fodder beet to your dairy herd's diet?

Posted by Sam Searle on Feb 6, 2019 12:25:00 PM


Farming for profit rather than production is the key to running a successful farm business. This is particularly true for dairying, where the cost of feed is central to the operation’s overall efficiency and profitability – there’s no point increasing production if the feed costs wipe out any gain in revenue.

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Topics: Fodder Beet

How to transition stock onto Fodder Beet

Posted by Sam Searle on Apr 30, 2018 1:29:45 PM


Fodder Beet has been something between magic & revolutionary for many farmers over the last few years. Its the wonder crop that can substantially increase the winter carrying capacity of a farm, allowing for more stock or opening up other opportunities for the operation. Here we tell you how much beet to feed out & when in order to successfully transition to the crop without losses.

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Topics: Fodder Beet, Silage & Winter Feed Handling, Tips, Hacks & How To's

Beet Feeding Transition Made Easy

Posted by Glenn Walton on Feb 28, 2017 9:14:59 AM

Not A Lot Of Scope For Error;

Fodder Beet has a high sugar content which means excessive intakes can lead to lactic acid production in the cow’s rumen and cause acidosis.

Fodder beet has become increasingly popular over the past three to four years because the crop is high yielding and suitable as a supplement feed for beef and dairy herds. Despite that they are an excellent source of energy, stock can be offered too much of this high sugar crop in their daily feed intake at the beginning of the crop being fed and not have sufficient time to adapt.


We have a solution for you, read on....

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Topics: Fodder Beet, Silage & Winter Feed Handling