Frequently Asked Questions

 

Does Gilmac trade silage?
Does Gilmac supply a total mixed ration (TMR)?
Does Gilmac sell bedding straw?
Does Gilmac sell other hay varieties such as Lucerne or Alfalfa, Timothy, Sudan or Klein?
Does Gilmac trade oats, wheat and barley as grain as well as the hay varieties?
What animal species are able to consume Mackie Hay?
What countries does Gilmac export to?
What does Gilmac do to ensure that Mackie Hay is free from Annual Rye Grass Toxicity (ARGT)?
How does Gilmac ensure that hay is available to supply?
How does Gilmac ensure the quality of Mackie Hay?

 

Does Gilmac trade silage?
Gilmac does not generally trade silage as the high moisture content of silage does not lend itself to economic shipping to overseas markets. However, if the demand exists and given enough notice, trading of silage can be arranged. We are predominately a supplier of fodder in the form of baled hay & straw and also pellets.

Does Gilmac supply a total mixed ration (TMR)?
Yes, we supply a TMR in the form of pellets for cattle, sheep / lamb and goat feedlots. The pellets are also supplied to livestock shippers for pre-shipment feed acclimatisation followed by on-board-ration.

Does Gilmac sell bedding straw?
Yes. One of the products we sell overseas is long and tough cereal straw used mainly for horse and other livestock bedding.

Does Gilmac sell other hay varieties such as Lucerne or Alfalfa, Timothy, Sudan or Klein?
Not at this time. Varieties such as Timothy, Sudan and Klein are not widely traded in Australia.

Does Gilmac trade oats, wheat and barley as grain as well as the hay varieties?
Gilmac is not currently trading grain although we have traded oat grain in the past, when supply was plentiful. With forward planning it is possible for Gilmac to arrange supply of grain and seeds.

What animal species are able to consume Mackie Hay?
Mackie hay is a good source of nutrition for dairy and beef cattle, horses, sheep and lamb, goats and camels.

What countries does Gilmac export to?
Gilmac has exported hay to Japan, Taiwan (Republic of China), South Korea, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Brunei and the People's Republic of China.

What does Gilmac do to ensure that Mackie Hay is free from Annual Rye Grass Toxicity (ARGT)?
Every paddock from which hay is sourced has core samples taken from 15% of the bales. A sample of the material is analysed by an accredited Australian government laboratory for the presence of the bacteria causing ARGT. Only samples that return a result of Not Detected are exported.

How does Gilmac ensure that hay is available to supply?
We operate processing and storage facilities in the three (3) main states where hay is grown in Australia thus we have a diversified catchment area for supply. We have long-term relationships with many farmers and growers in each area and each year we make a contract with them to supply hay from their property.

How does Gilmac ensure the quality of Mackie Hay?
Hay and straw are graded using a combination of scientific analysis and visual characteristics. Scientific analysis (feed test) for nutritional and palatability composition of product samples is done by a Near Infra Red Spectrophotometry (NIR) machine, giving results as a percentage (%) of dry matter;
In-Vitro Digestibility (IVD)
Acid Detergent Fibre (ADF)
Neutral Detergent Fibre (NDF)
Crude Protein (CP)
Water Soluble Carbohydrates (WSC)
Potassium / Kalium (K)
Moisture / Dry Matter
Nitrate (NO3) (Testing is by wet chemistry)

The characteristics considered in determining the visual appearance are;
Colour (Green, Yellow and Brown)
Damage caused by weather / rainfall during hay making or disease.
Stem diameter, chaffiness / shattery and length.
Maturity at the time of cutting.
Aroma / Smell
Purity / Contamination