Tag: 2016

Farm Chat with Dave Barry – Labertouche

With our calving pattern we have a big requirement for late summer and autumn feed, so chicory delivers a large amount of quality feed when we need it most. Chicory give us the extra feed in autumn and assists us to create our own autumn break. We began growing Chico chicory fourteen years ago with the aim to get the most out 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. Yet the results we saw from irrigating the chicory were outstanding, and when effluent was applied the growth rates were even higher. I have used a number […]

Gippsland discussion group visits northern NSW

Visits to some of northern NSW’s leading dairy and beef farms were among the highlights of a 4 day agricultural tour organised by Notman Pasture Seeds in late January. A group of seventeen dairy farmers from West and South Gippsland toured Neal’s Dairy on Oxley Island, Hurrell’s Dairy in Comboyne, Sundown Valley Pastoral Company, Walcha Dairy, Cordingley’ s at Walcha & Maslen’s Dairy at Gloucester. The focus of the tour was to provide farmers, many from the Drouin South Discussion Group, with an opportunity to look at the way in which the dairy & beef industry in other states had developed. “The tour explored first-hand the opportunities and challenges that face dairy & beef farmers in other parts of Australia,” […]