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On farm feeding Basic approach to feeding game and practical tips to reduce risk on the farm Dr. Craig Shepstone Wildlife Nutrition Services 0833051380 | craig.shepstone@gmail.com When considering feeding animals on a game farm, one must consider the risk that goes along with it. It is important that the farmer, manager does everything in their power to minimise risk. It is sad if something happens on the farm that could have been prevented. Full belly/animals nutritional requirements = 1 + 2 + 3 The biggest challenge regarding this topic is the lack of understanding of what can go wrong when purchasing, mixing, storing and feeding feed/raw materials to animals. When feeding an animal, the animals food requirement is 1 + 2 + 3 When considering an animals gut, be it a foregut fermenter (ruminant), or a hindgut fermenter like the rhino, one can take the total volume of food ingested and divide it into 3 equal parts. For the purpose of this article, feeds are broken down into supplements, semi adlib feeds, full feeds and roughage; Supplements Supplemental feed, should be supplied at amounts smaller than or equal to 1/3 of the animal’s physiological requirements (≤1). In terms of practically feeding the animals requirements are equal to 1 + 2 + 3, where 1 is the supplement and the rest (2 + 3) = grass or available roughage. In other wo [[[[X[XZ]\˜H\[Y[][]HX\\H]Y[\]Z\[Y[܈]\X[\\[X[]H[8i BوH YY[ۈ[Y\HۙK\[Y[\HܛX[Hۘ[]YYY \YYH[[X[[X[[[[˂Y\H NڙX[H][\˂^H\H\X[H[[HܛHو[]܈YX[X[H\\Y ܈Z^YۈH\K(H[ܝ\[Y[\HX[[[[قۘ[]Y]Y[]\\HY\[ۂوH]\[ܘYHH[[X[X] (H\YۙY]HH[[X[]]\H[&]܈[X[X[ۈ[\X[ۈ][BXYX[YHوHYX\ H[ܙY[[۝K MSBB