North East cropper and sheep producer Neville Tweddle fed his spring
lambs with a complete finisher for the first time last year.
NORTH East sheep producer Neville
Tweddle has achieved healthy results
supplementary feeding his spring
Mr Tweddle, who runs 800 merino
ewes joined to border Leicester rams
for first cross wethers at Boorhaman,
fed his spring lambs with a complete
finisher feed for the first time last
“Last year’s lambs were looking
pretty good, but I topped them off for
four weeks or so with Rivalea’s lamb
finisher pellets,” Mr Tweddle said.
“The Rivalea pellets are a safer
option than straight grain; they are a
balanced feed with all the right minerals.
“They’re a fool-proof choice as I
don’t have to add anything to the mix;
I know they are getting exactly what
“They were fed out via lick feeders.
It’s a good way to ration out the
pellets, knowing the lambs can only
eat so much before moving away for
“I kept an eye on the feeders, and
topped them up around two weeks.”
Mr Tweddle was pleased with his
“I had to weigh up the benefits of
feeding the lambs the pellets against
the price of them. I found them to be
cost effective,” Mr Tweddle said.
“I’m happy with the finish of last
“They sold well at Corowa, getting
prices I was pleased with.”
Rivalea’s feedmill operation at
Corowa produces more than 300,000
tonnes of feed annually.
Rivalea’s territory manager for
North East Victoria, Mark Lister, said
nutrition played a vital role in modern
animal management systems.
He said producers already had tight
margins so supplementary feeding
had to stack up in terms of value.
“That’s why we offer high quality
feed solutions and nutritional advice
that meet the exacting needs of
today’s primary producers,” he said.
Mr Tweddle said he was happy to
support a local business, Rivalea.
“I think there is great benefit in
doing business locally,” he said.
“I’d sold some of my grain to
Rivalea in the past, so I was familiar
“Mark Lister, the Rivalea territory
manager around here, is also
part of our local lamb group here at