Farmers grasp pasture tips

Efficientfarmers are always seeking better ways to optimise beef production and local farmers were given a helpful hand with this recently.
Nanjing Night Net

Auswest Seeds Hunter Valley, Mid North Coast and Central West business manager Daniel Clydsdale and Josh Munro in a paddock of Flecha Fescue and Tonic Plantain during the field day.

More than 70 Upper Hunter based landholders took part in a pastures field day hosted by the Hunter Local Land Services (LLS).

The aim of the day was to assist farmers in forming strategies to maximise their beef production per hectare by matching good paddock preparation and management with a targeted livestock health regime.

Farmers visited several properties and plots around the Scone and Aberdeen area to gain free advice from industry experts, including Sundown Pastoral Company manager Mathew Monk, Auswest Seeds product development manager Frank McRae and Auswest Seeds Hunter Valley, Mid North Coast and Central West business manager Daniel Clydsdale.

Mr Monk encouraged graziers to concentrate on taking the time to get the whole production package right.

“Don’t cut corners with pasture and cereal sowing – preparation is vital for high performance pasture systems that maximise water use efficiency,” he said.

“Sowing rates and row-spacing, seed treatments, insect damage weed infestation, all need monitoring.

“Match good preparation and pasture management with good livestock nutrition and health management and the result will be maximum kilos of beef produced per hectare.”

Mr Monk emphasised the importance of attention to detail, yard weaning and finely tuning stock health programs for feeder cattle, combined with careful planning of stock movements, avoiding over-grazing pastures or bloat problems.

“The next six weeks is the danger period for bloat, a very stressful time for managers, when all stock on lucerne and clover based pastures need checking twice per day,” he said.

“There are lots of myths but there is no sure way to prevent bloat in cattle, it comes down to management.”

Mr McRae reminded farmers of the importance of selecting the right winter wheat or oats variety for an individual production system.

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