Dairy

Five Star Stockfeeds’ Camperdown mill produces both pellets and crushed grain products; these can be from our standard range or customised to individual farms.

The Gunbower mill is dedicated to producing crushed grain products. You have a choice of either our standard product range (including: Moosli, Nourish, Calf, Leadfeed, Dairy or Beef crushes) or a customised crushed ration to suit your requirements.

Both mills can include a full complement of vitamins, minerals, buffers and other stockfeed additives required to avoid health complications and maintain satisfactory milk production.

Contact one of our sales representatives to discuss your needs.

Our Products

Customised Dairy Pellets

Many of our customers work with a consultant or just prefer to have their own mix. We are happy to customise a ration. You might have a special ingredient that you like to feed the calves or a recipe that you like. We can give you a list of the grains that we have on hand and work with you to come up with a mix that you are happy with.

Available in Bulk.

Grass Balancer 120 Pellet

Nominal 12% protein and high energy.

Designed to be fed with abundant green feed with ample energy in the form of starch with added molasses for palatability, buffering to maintain rumen pH, salt for numerous health benefits, added calcium for strong bones and milk supply as well as sulphur for enhanced rumen function. Contains all the above plus added magnesium, vitamins and trace minerals.

Available in Bulk and Bulka Bags

Hay Balancer 140 Pellet

Nominal 14% protein and high energy.

This pellet is designed to be fed where there is a limited supply of green feed available or where the quality of that green feed is questionable. Late season spring pastures are a good example as are some summer crops such as maize, sorghum or millet. As with the Grass Balancer 120 it also is buffered for rumen pH, contains salt, added calcium, added molasses and added sulphur.

Contains all the above plus added magnesium, vitamins and trace minerals.

Available in Bulk and Bulka Bags

Hay Balancer 160 Pellet

Nominal 16% protein and high energy

This is our most popular pellet in summer and early autumn. It is designed to maintain milk production with dry summer/autumn pastures and average quality hay or silage. A lot of customers use the Premium Hay Balancer as a good low-cost feed for their Heifers. Contains buffers for rumen pH, plus added calcium, salt, molasses, sulphur and  magnesium, vitamins and trace minerals.

Available in Bulk and Bulka Bags

Hay Balancer 190 Pellet

Nominal 19% protein

Used in situations where the quality of conserved forage is poor or where the rate of grain being fed is low and the rest of the diet is adequate for summer or autumn. The Hay Balancer 190 has added rumen soluble protein to feed the microbes and assist them to digest the rest of the home-grown diet better than they usually would. It also has added rumen buffers for pH, added calcium, added salt, added molasses and added sulphur. Contains all the above plus added magnesium, vitamins and trace minerals.

Available in Bulk and Bulka Bags

Hay Balancer 220 Pellet

Nominal 22% protein

Proved to be extremely useful in dry springs to maintain milk production after the green grass cuts out and you are waiting for the summer crops to be ready. The Hay Balancer 220 has added rumen soluble protein to feed the microbes and help them digest dry grass and conserved forage better than they otherwise would.

Contains added buffers for rumen pH, added calcium, added salt, added molasses and added sulphur plus added magnesium, vitamins and trace minerals.

Available in Bulk.

Hay Balancer 250

Nominal 25% protein including mineral additives.

This pellet is mainly used by farmers who crush their own cereal grain and add a protein meal via a mixer at their dairy. It is a convenient, easy to handle pellet to which you can add your own additives or ours. You can adjust your feed inclusion rate to suit your circumstances and we can customise it to whatever blend that you prefer.

Available in Bulk

Premium Calf Pellets

These truly are premium pellets. They are made from all-natural proteins with no urea and formulated to 20%. We use the highest quality vitamins and trace minerals. We have a high level of Bovatec to protect against coccidiosis and promote growth. We include Diamond V (yeast extract) to help develop the rumen microbes with the greatest efficiency and a synthetic plant extract Regano to reduce incidence of gut disease.

Available in Bulk, 25kg Bags and Bulka Bags

Premium Lead Feed Pellets

Lead Feeding has many benefits for calving cows, including reduction of milk fever and grass tetany. It can reduce the incidence of retained membranes in calving cows, but the greatest benefit from Lead Feeding calving cows is increased milk production. Feeding grain to the cow prepares the rumen for grain in the dairy shed and a reduction in cow health problems means that all their energy is devoted towards milk production instead of recovery from birth. Lead Feed should be offered at 3kg per day for 21 days to achieve optimum results. Avoid feeding in muddy paddocks to minimise mastitis. Limit the amount of green feed on offer to under 4kg Dry Matter per head per day especially if potassium levels are suspected of being high. Ensure you feed test for minerals in the hay on offer to help your nutritionist access any risk levels associated with that forage. Not all hay is suitable for lead feeding.

Available in Bulk, 25kg Bags and Bulka Bags

Crush Grain Range

Crushed grain mixes are popular with farmers who want to be able to see what they are buying. They tend to be starch based with an emphasis on wheat/barley and often with a protein meal such as canola added. Usually a farmer has a customised blend made specifically for their farm, but Five Star Stockfeeds do have some standard mixes that you can add your specific minerals to.

Barley Boost Crush

Crushed barley with added salt for palatability and health reasons, vegetable oil to suppress dust and limestone for calcium. This is an ideal product to provide extra energy to the cows when keeping an eye on the budget. Other products can be added at point of production if required. There would need to be abundant green feed or high-quality protein hay in the diet to provide necessary protein. Available in Bulk.

Wheat Boost Crush

Sometimes you just want that little bit more energy than crushed barley can provide. Where there is a lot of fibre in the diet from the pasture or conserved forage then you can fit approximately 15% more crushed wheat into the cow compared to crushed barley. This is because wheat is exceptionally low in fibre and remarkably high in digestibility compared to other grains. The Five Star Wheat Boost contains vegetable oil to suppress dust, limestone for calcium and salt for both palatability and health. Available in Bulk.

Protein Boost 160 Crush

As the name suggests the Five Star Protein Boost 160 is designed for feeding when pastures are dry and conserved forage is only poor or average quality. This crush is a combination of wheat, barley, canola meal and soluble protein. The soluble protein helps to feed the rumen microbes that digest the forage portion of the diet, thus enhancing rumen efficiency. This crush also has the benefit of added limestone for calcium, added salt for palatability and good health, added sulphur to generate quality microbial protein in the rumen and vegetable oil to suppress dust. Available in Bulk.

Custom Grain Mix

It is not unusual for a farmer to have his own special grain recipe that has been developed over time and demonstrated to be successful on their farm. Five Star Stock Feeds are happy to replicate whatever ration that you require using the raw ingredients that are available. Other customers like to have a base recipe that they alter according to seasonal changes and the availability or price of certain grains. We are happy to help accommodate those farmers and their requirements. The best thing is that you get the benefits of a customised ration and the guidance of experienced and qualified nutritionists all at no extra cost above the normal margin for standard rations.

Gunbower Mill specializes in crushed grain. There is a standard range of products but have extensive knowledge in customizing individual rations to suit our customers’ requirements. All mixes can include a full complement of vitamins, minerals, buffers and other stockfeed additives required to avoid health complications and maintain satisfactory milk production.