*Charlie Roberts – farmer and consultant*
*Peter Hawkins sowed 100 hectares of Tonic with phalaris and lucerne in spring 2011 at a recently purchased property at Wombelano near Harrow. Lucerne and phalaris are complementary species to Tonic and are also suited to dry growing conditions and consequently perform well in a mix together.*
One of the easiest ways to improve efficiency in lamb production systems is to ensure lambs can eat plenty so they can grow quickly, according to Dr Glenn Judson, Animal Nutritionist for Agricom.
Territory manager, Blair McCormick (Agricom), says pasture root aphids have been found in a perennial ryegrass paddock near Terang, in the Western district of Victoria. Signs of feeding damage are noticeable, and likely to be exacerbated by the moisture-stress these plants are experiencing.
The conference is being held in Albury on the 16-18 of July and will feature a range of industry speakers and a bus trip visiting local producers. One of these producers is Scott McKillop who has had considerable success with Agricom cultivars in his dairy farming system. For more information on Scott and his farming operation see the story below.
Scott McKillop cropped Scott McKillop enjoys growing grass and seeing his 340 Holstein Friesians grazing it and turning it into milk.
Pasture is a key driver of farm profitability - that is why Agricom are committed to breeding and developing cultivars and farming systems that deliver results on-farm.
Significant pasture improvement on the Harrington family's prime lamb operation near Ararat has seen production rise by 30%.
trials.png Having high yielding, persistent grass pastures must be near the top of any farmer’s wish list, so selecting the right endophyte as well as the right cultivar for your farm is important. A pasture renewal programme is an investment so it is worth doing well. Think about going through a cropping regime before sowing your pasture to remove pests before you start.
Halo perennial ryegrass was bred by combining the best tetraploid perennial ryegrass genetics, with the majority originating from north-west Spain. This provides Halo with strong winter growth, summer production and persistence in summer moist/irrigated regions.