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Successfully sowing a new pasture can be a challenge. Variety selection is an important aspect to consider, when neglected it can lead to poor establishment, and pastures that fail to reach expectation in terms of production, quality and longevity. Using a pre-blended pasture blend/mix, designed for your local area, can mitigate some of this risk.In Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania we offer the SPS Signature Range pasture blends. For the northern states of Queensland and New South Wales we offer the MAXImiser® range of Pasture Mixes.
In the cereal and broadacre market we are often inundated with new options each season as varieties are bred for improved disease resistance, and to better suit different geographical areas and lengths of season. With so much choice we have profiled our ‘top 5 season picks’ of these new release varieties.
This is Callum Schaefer’s first go at growing forage sorghum. Despite struggling early due to the dry, it has taken the maximum form recent localised storms and will be ready to be cut in the next week or so.
Name: Aaron - AusWest Seeds
08 February 2019
Fuelling Production at Guyra
BMR Fuel forage sorghum has taken full advantage of recent storm activity and looks to be producing the goods for Sam White if Bald Blair Angus, near Guyra. This is the second year Sam has grown BMR Fuel and he is already planning next years crop.
Name: Aaron - AusWest Seeds
17 January 2019
The One50 was sown mid-September 2018 after 2 crops of Knight Italian ryegrass which was used to clean up weeds, kikuyu. This process started September 2016. I was able to graze the One50 within 8 weeks. The first hectare section carried 8 cows and calves for 10 days and is now ready to graze again (see photo). On the other 7 hectares, 18 cows and 20 calves, were put in on the 7th of December and there was still plenty of feed. I ploughed the paddock and spread the One50 with a super spreader before harrowing and tyre rolling and I had a good strike. The One50 has been quick to get going and I am very pleased with the production at this early stage.
15 January 2019
Top 5 points for pasture planning
Your property and production system is unique, therefore there are many factors that require consideration when deciding on what to plant as a pasture. We have outlined our top five points to get you started.
Pastures in low rainfall environments play an important role in providing feed for livestock and increasing soil nitrogen in cropping rotations. While cereal crops can be grazed during winter, pastures can reduce feed gaps during other times of the year. Lucerne, annual legumes and perennial grasses such as Hispanic cocksfoots and Mediterranean tall fescues are just some of the options that can be used to increase production in these environments.
This Titan 9 paddock was under-sown with Mitiaka oats in autumn 2016. The sowing rates were with 2.5 kg/ha Titan 9 , 2.5 kg/ha Urana sub clover and 40 kg Mitiaka. "I don’t leave animals on all the time, I rotationally graze. The Titan 9 seems to get up and going faster than Auroa, better early vigour. If this paddock had a good rain on it now it will bloom again. It is amazing the growth Titan 9 gave in June and July and we hammered it, then took off the sheep."The average annual average rainfall is 460 mm.
08 January 2019
We cut 57 rolls of hay off just 7 acres. I'm really pleased with the Mach 1. It has re-grown again, nice and leafy after being cut, I've fertilised it and I'm hoping to get another cut. Next year I'll plant three times as much Mach 1.
08 January 2019
Dustin sowed a mixed pasture which contained Flecha tall fescue, Arrowtas arrowleaf clover,Viper Balansa clover, Riverina and Dalkeith subclovers, lucerne and Tonic plantain. There was "green feed all year round. Plantain and lucerne in summer and clovers and Flecha tall fescue in winter". I "always have somewhere to finish lambs. I don't need to go buy grain to finish them."