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Quality crop of Mainstar forage rape increases weights at Beaufort
“Every time it rained, the Mainstar produced a new mass of leaf back on the root crown. It grew much more quickly than Winfred, the rain just recharged it. The seed might be a bit dearer, but it costs no more to sow it. It’s the same fertiliser, the same spray for the paddock and diesel cost, but it’s the amount of feed you get off it that makes the difference. With a good quality crop like Mainstar, you might be able to put more stock on, or not sell your lambs as early, so you can get a few more kilograms on them before you have to turn them off. At times this year, the difference between trade weight and heavy in lambs has been as much as $80 or $90 a head so that flexibility is very valuable.”
8 February 2022
Manta Italian ryegrass is ready to grow
One of Manta growers, Tim Scott-Young said Manta provided a lot of grazing for his family’s sheep stud and mixed cropping operation.
They sowed 35 hectares and were happy with its establishment. The Manta paddock was initially stocked with 340 Coopworth ewes for lambing in July and August, but by lamb marking at the start of September this was nearly tripled to 900 ewes plus all their lambs just to keep the growth under control.
“Manta is leaps and bounds ahead of Knight. The speed of its growth coming out of winter is amazing.”
Paul Barnett took his chance and sowed 40 hectares of the new Speedan, after his Mondrook farm received 25 mm of rain in late November 2019.
True to its name, the Speedan was up to 750 mm in height and being grazed within five weeks. Not only that, but the Speedan was also outperforming his usual sorghum feed in terms of leaf area and resilience.
This autumn, Mr Barnett conserved 1000 round bales of Speedan silage, plus grazed it every day.
“I’ll certainly be looking to grow Speedan again next spring on my lighter country because it did so well there, even in the tough conditions.”
1 February 2021
Mohaka produced plenty of high-quality feed
Mohaka has performed well, producing plenty of high-quality feed, and the cattle really went for it. However, the real test has been the way it has survived two flooding episodes at my place and has grown really well, right into the early summer. It is still green now towards the end of January, and very strong in the drill rows.
1 April 2020
FeedEx sorghum was planted in Gippsland, VIC as a break crop in a rotation with peas.
Challenging convention is at the heart of the Davis family’s dairy farming operation, so it’s no surprise they are moving away from perennial ryegrass to some exciting new pasture species.
Reggie and Tanya Davis and their four children milk 600 Holstein cows grazing on 260 hectares of pastures near Cobden….
Seed mixes can offer a range of benefits to graziers looking to diversify their home-grown feed supplies. Shaun Mahony, Area Sales Manager for Stephen Pasture Seeds in central and southern Victoria, has two top picks for this spring, SPS Forage Blend Plus and SPS Silage Blend.
Case study: Premier Digit / Bambatsi Panic mix use in cattle breeding operations. - Romani Pastoral Company
Windy Station has been using subtropical pasture mixes for several years in their beef operation at Blackville near Quirindi in northern NSW. They have found that a Premier Digit and Bambatsi Panic mix gives them maximum production from their red sloping soils.