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Farmfeed - Selling Farmfeed online nationwide

How it works

 

How it works for Sellers

  • Signup.
    Create a free account with farmfeed.co.nz
  • List feed.
    List your surplus feed for sale. You are able to choose from 3 plan options which will determine the level of testing conducted on your feed. Once your listing is created, you'll automatically be sent a test kit and instructions on how to take a sample of your feed.
  • Quality control.
    Take a sample of your feed and send to Hills Laboratories in the self addressed courier bag provided.
  • Live update.
    Once the lab have processed your sample, the results will automatically be loaded for you and your listing will become live and show on farmfeed.co.nz. You will also be emailed a copy of the results.
  • Offer notification.
    You will be notified of offers on your feed listing via email and your farmfeed.co.nz account.
  • Accept/decline offers.
    Quantity of feed for sale will be automatically adjusted according to the offers you accept.
  • Payment/transport.
    Once offers have been accepted, details of the buyer will be released so you are able to arrange payment and transport options with the buyer.

 

Success Fees

  • A success fee applies if your item sells
  • Farmers/Lifestyler
  • 10% of sale price capped at $149 eg:
  •  5 bales x $100 =$50 success fee; or 20 bales x $100 = $149
  • Contractors
  • 5% of sale price capped at $149

 

How it works for Buyers

  • Signup.
    Create a free account with farmfeed.co.nz
  • Search.
    Search for feed types with our easy to use search function that gives you the abilty to easily narrow down your search results to what your require.
  • Offers.
    Place offer on feed listings. Our system allows you to place offers on feed that are higher/lower than the sellers asking price. The seller then has the option the accept or decline your offer.
  • Purchase.
    Once your offer has been accepted, the sellers details will be released so you are able to arrange payment and transport options with the seller.
  • Need transport?
    If you would Like transport quotes from various freight companies nationwide then go to our transport page and list transport requirements. an email will automatically be sent to all transport companies registered with us and they will be in touch with quotes.

 

How it works for Transport Operators

  • Signup.
    Register your company with farmfeed.co.nz
  • Quote request.
    Automatically receive every transport quote request placed through farmfeed.co.nz, which gives you the opportunity to quote on freighting nationwide.
  • Your Quote.
    If you are able to transport the feed, simply email a quote to the interested party.

 

Quality Testing

farmfeed.co.nz wants to provide the most value to its customers - for both buyers and sellers. In terms of quality assurance, we want every buyer to be 100% sure that they know what they are getting before purchase and delivery. We have developed, with the assistance of Hills Laboratories, an easy to use certified testing system for sellers which creates 100% transperancy and gets the seller a fair price for their feed dependant on market demand.

Every listing on farmfeed.co.nz has a rating out of 3 for the following feed values; Dry Matter (DM), Metabolisable Energy (ME), Crude Protien (CP), and Digestibilty of Dry Matter (DODM). Depending on the plan slection made by the seller, some listings may not have ratings for every feed value but it is farmfeed.co.nz's requirement that every listing is tested for at least Dry Matter. Further explaination of these feed values a found below.

 

Testing options.

Basic Plan tests for:

  • Dry Matter


Intermediate Plan tests for:

  • Dry Matter
  • Crude Protein
  • Metabolisable Energy


Advanced Plan tests for:

  • Dry Matter
  • Crude Protein
  • Metabolisable Energy
  • Neutral Detergent Fibre
  • Soluble Sugars
  • Starch
  • Crude Fat
  • Digestibility
  • Ash

 

Feed Values further explained.

Dry Matter (DM).
The residual dry weight of pasture, forage or silage after removal of moisture, usually expressed as % of the fresh weight. The dry matter intake of a cow, for example, depends on many variables including live weight, stage of lactation, level of milk production, environmental conditions, feeding history, body condition and the quality of the feed.

Crude Protein (CP).
The protein content of the pasture or forage is directly related to the Nitrogen content which varies with growing conditions, plant species, and maturity of the plant. Crude protein requirements are dependent on the class of livestock being fed. For example, a maintenance requirement for a dairy cow may be as low as 12% protein, whereas a range of 16 – 20% protein is needed for growth and lactation.

Metabolisable Energy (ME).
ME is an estimate of the energy content of the feed potentially available for maintenance and production in ruminant animals. It is that proportion of feed energy absorbed from the digestive tract and retained for metabolic processes and the value is expressed as a proportion of the dry matter (MJ/kg). Although ME is a frequently sought measure of feed quality, it is a value derived from other feed factors such as in vivo digestibility and cannot be measured directly. As such it has a number of limitations.

Digestibility (DOMD).
Feed digestibility is simply defined as the proportion of forage dry matter able to be digested by the animal. It is largely influenced by the maturity of the plant species and declines as the plant matures because of increasing levels of the structural carbohydrates. Within pastures, the species type also influences digestibility. For example, clovers retain a higher leaf:stem ratio with increasing maturity compared with temperate grasses and so maintain a higher digestibility relative to grasses.
Digestibility is measured in two quite distinct procedures: 
• in vivo digestibility – determined directly by animal feeding trials by way of a mass balance from what is consumed, what is digested, and what is excreted.
• in vitro digestibility – determined by wet chemistry using rumen fluid taken from research animals, or using purified cellulase enzymes.
In vivo digestibility provides the most meaningful estimate of animal performance, but nowadays, the cost of setting up animal trials for measuring in vivo digestibility, or for providing rumen fluid is prohibitive. Thus, most laboratories measure in vitro digestibility by incubating samples with enzyme preparations and use these data to predict in vivo digestibility. DOMD% expresses the solubilised organic matter as a portion of the dry matter of the sample.

Acid Detergent Fibre (ADF) & Neutral Detergent Fibre (NDF).
ADF and NDF provide empirical estimates of the less digestible structural carbohydrates in forages. ADF consists mainly of cellulose and lignin with small amounts of nitrogen and minerals. The NDF fraction includes the hemicelluloses in addition to the ADF component of plant tissue. Very high fibre levels slow the rate of digestion and limit dry matter intake, but a certain amount of fibre is required to stimulate rumen activity. The following diagram indicates which plant carbohydrates are partitioned into these fibre fractions.

For further information please refer to http://www.hill-laboratories.com/

 

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