A farm visit with Dave Barry, Labertouche August 22 2016 With our calving pattern we have a big requirement for late summer and autumn feed, so Chico delivers a large amount of quality feed when we need it most. Chico give us the extra feed in autumn and assists us to create our own autumn break. We began growing Chico fourteen years ago with the aim to get the most out of the 22ML of water available on our farm at Labertouche. We were originally irrigating summer pastures, however the results were only average with the pasture suffering from rust and plant pulling. Each year I plant 10ha of Chico in late September, with grazing a reliable 9 weeks later. […]
A farm visit with Dave Barry
“Gibberellic Acid is a great way to grow extra feed when soil temperatures drop in the cooler months. It’s quick and easy to apply, we save time by combining it with our broadleaf control during our first application in late autumn/early winter, followed by another application before the spring break kicks in. We apply it to a wide variety of pasture species, from cereals to annuals and perennial ryegrass” Michael Shipton, dairy farmer at Bega NSW
“We’ve been using Gibberellic Acid for 3 seasons now and it has become a simple way to grow extra feed when we need it most. Our first application we combine with our broadleaf control spray in late autumn/early winter, then apply two more applications during the winter months. It allows us to split our bigger paddocks, extending our paddock rotation in the colder months. It doesn’t change the palatability of the grass, or effect pasture growth in the spring months.”
“Gibberellic Acid is a great way to grow extra feed. At present I’m spraying broadleaf weeds, and while doing this we’re using Gibberellic Acid as well. It’s a great way to grow an extra half tonne of feed. It’s a tool that’s important to give an advantage in a tough year”.
A first time try of the Pioneer® hybrid P1070 maize produced excellent yields in two different locations for dairy farmer Ian Hooker, of Loch in South Gippsland, Victoria. Mr Hooker said he’d been growing maize for 15 years although it was the first time he had planted P1070. He said they put in 23 hectares all up with the 13 hectares off-farm producing yields of 26 dry matter tonnes per hectare of silage. “The 10 hectares of the dairy farm was almost as good,” he said. Maize is planted as the weather warms up in November and is normally taken through harvest as silage in April. Mr Hooker said the away block was about 20 minutes from the dairy farm […]
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