Hummer tall fescue | AusWest & Stephen Pasture Seeds
12 March 2019

12 tips for sowing & managing tall fescue

Tall fescues are making a resurgence in popularity as newly released cultivars make their way into the market. These new varieties offer softer, more palatable leaves and higher winter activity or summer dormancy than traditional varieties. Before sowing it is important to check that you have got everything right to ensure a successful result. Check off our list for getting the most out of your tall fescue pasture.
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Austin Oats | AusWest & Stephen Pasture Seeds
12 March 2019

Fast establishing autumn forages

Pastures across the country have recently been hit by long hot dry spells. Now is the time to make decisions about whether to grow feed for the winter or buy it in. These decisions will not only affect the autumn and winter at hand, the seed you plant this autumn will also affect the quality and amount of feed grown in the spring. There are many options including forage oats, annual ryegrass, Italian ryegrass and forage rape and this article aims to help guide you into the right forage for your farming system.
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Chocie chicory in the Highlands
09 March 2019

Chocie chicory in the Highlands

This Choice chicory was planted near Exeter on 12 September 2018. The plot was cut to 10cm high on the 14th of January and by the 1st of February it had grown back to 30cm high, with little rainfall. Chicory can produce large quantities of drymatter in hot dry conditions.
Name: Greg - AusWest Seeds
Location: Exeter

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John Underwood | AusWest & Stephen Pasture Seeds
07 March 2019

John Underwood

The growth from Thumpa has been phenomenal. It had still not gone to head by mid-November, and the cattle clearly found it highly palatable. Thumpa has one of the best germination rates I’ve seen, and that, along with its growth rate, palatability for stock, and yield for both grazing and silage makes it pretty impressive.
Location: Glenburn
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Graham Fagg | AusWest & Stephen Pasture Seeds
07 March 2019

Graham Fagg

We’ve seen a number of benefits already. It’s definitely improved our livestock nutrition. The stock always look healthy and they’ve gained good weight. It’s also got great palatability, and the vigorous growth has been incredible. I couldn't get over how much it just kept growing, even through the colder months. We had a little bit of capeweed, and a few red legged earth mites, but they didn't seem to stop the ryegrass at all.
Location: Ballarat
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SPS Haymaker 700 pasture blend | AusWest & Stephen Pasture Seeds
22 February 2019

Pasture blends and mixes

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.
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Bennett wheat | AusWest & Stephen Pasture Seeds
22 February 2019

Top 5 new season cereal varieties

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.
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Maximising rainfall
08 February 2019

Maximising rainfall

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
Location: Guyra

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Fuelling Production at Guyra
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
Location: Guyra

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One50 Perennial Ryegrass | AusWest & Stephen Pasture Seeds
17 January 2019

Ian Tonking

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.
Location: Robertson

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