Feed On Offer (FOO) Library

Welcome to the FOO Library

How to use the FOO Library

The Feed On Offer (FOO) library allows users to estimate FOO and nutritive value of grazed pastures. Animal performance is determined by the quality and quantity of pasture available and when known, better decisions can be made on allocation of stock to paddocks or supplementary feeding.

The 500 records available were collected by experienced agronomists across VIC, NSW, QLD, WA and SA, from typical pastures in each region in summer, autumn, winter and spring with a range of FOO values at each harvest.

The area where the samples were collected is provided. While it is not possible to have records for every pasture in every location, it should be possible to find pastures that are similar to those that you have on your farm.

For more information about the FOO Library and the Lifetime Ewe Management project, contact the Rural Industries Skills Training at Hamilton ph 03 5573 0956 or visit the Lifetime Wool website

Due to the number of photos and amount of data now in the Feed On Offer library, users especially in regional areas with slower internet speeds have experienced problems sorting and downloading data to generate appropriate PDF’s for their farm or region. During 2017, the FOO Library will be redeveloped to improve access and make it easier to download PDF’s. In addition, a further 300 photos and data will be added to the library to fill gaps in the current library.

In the meantime, and to help streamline the retrieval of relevant information for producers, a range of state and regional based PDF files have been extracted from the website and are available on the www.wool.com site. They are set up to be printed as A5 pages. If not all photos and data are required, select the required pages in the PDF print option.

Not all species and pasture types are available for every states and climatic region. Therefore, consider using FOO data from other states with similar climatic regions if data is not available for your area.

Start with a wide search and narrow down once you get a feel for the data.  If in doubt about which options to select, leave as the default “All” and then refine the search if too many records are shown. Details about each of the Filter fields can be seen by clicking on the next to each title.

Season: Select the seasons of interest eg: Summer.
Growth stage: Maturity of the pasture, from Germinating to Dry Feed.
Total FOO (kg/ha): Combined total of Green and Dead FOO is used to select the records of interest.
Climate zone: Select pastures in relevant zones, see map under
State: Select pastures in a particular state.
Major species: Select a particular species i.e. lucerne, chicory where data might not be available for your region. Set other filters to “All”, enter the species and all records for that species will be shown.

Search the FOO Library

Season

Season This filter refers to the season that the sample was harvested, using standard months ie spring September-November.    Summer samples in the Mediterranean zone will be mainly Dead pasture but for the Warm temperate zone will be mainly Green pasture.

Growth Stage

Growth Stage This filter refers to the different stages of growth and development of the pasture, ie Germinating, Vegetative through to Dry pasture.  Dry pasture will occur in Summer in the Mediterranean and Cool Temperate zones but in winter in Tropical and Warm Temperate zones.
 
 
 
 
 

Total FOO

Total FOO This field allows a particular Total FOO (Green and Dead FOO combined) range to be selected or use “All” to see all values.  Enter values as kg/ha ie 1000. Once the search is undertaken, Green and Dead FOO values are shown separately under Detailed Results.


Climate Zone

Climate Zone The Climate Zones used in the library are shown on the map below.  Select the most relevant Zone for your farm. climate-zone

State

State Select the state that you want to see records for.  Note that records from other states in the same Climate Zone might be relevant to your farm or region.  If in doubt, select “All”.

Major Species

Major Species Some species such as lucerne or chicory are widely grown but it’s not possible to harvest samples in every region.  To see results for a particular species, set the other Filters to “All” and then type in the species of interest in the Species search.  Note that common names are used in the library, ie Perennial ryegrass, Cocksfoot, Wallaby grass, Red grass. Microlaena is listed as Weeping grass. This will bring up all records for that species.  You can then determine if you need to add filters for Total FOO or Season.