Planning and good advice critical in successful pasture renewal
19 July 2012
There is a lot more to pastoral renewal than just purchasing the seed. The process is complex and involves a number of important factors, says Seed Force’s James White.
“Farmers who renew their pastures aim to lift their farm’s productivity and profitability. The decision to upgrade a pasture happens well before a drill goes into the ground and the results are shown long after the new pasture has been established,” he says.
“Seed Force can help with the process by providing you technical know-how and support coupled with a robust portfolio of quality seed varieties to suit a range of situations.”
James White says you should not make critical decisions on the spur of the moment or simply do what is ‘fashionable’. The decision to renew should be well thought out in advance with achievable goals backed by good advice.
“Consider your unique situation and take into account things like location, climate, stock class, etc. Set a target outcome for the block and put a management plan and budget in place.
“Converting poor performing paddocks to new grass or into crop can really lift the amount of feed grown on farm and will allow you to feed more stock or reduce the amount of feed you buy. Making the right choice is important to get a good return on investment.”
“Advice from a specialist proprietary seed company such as Seed Force can be a real benefit during pasture renewal. Once you have determined your long term goals, you can get a range of advice – from what species will suit your situation through to a complete management plan to help reach your desired outcome. The tips and advice you receive can help get the best return on your investment” James says.
Research and development is a major part of Seed Force’s business. Seed Force uses the term ‘100% Researched’ to describe the important role that research and development plays in its business. This is a guarantee that all Seed Force products are thoroughly tested and trialled prior to release into the market.
The primary objective of the Seed Force product development and evaluation programme is to test products on-farm in a wide range of climates and environments using typical input regimes and grazing practices.
James White says Seed Force’s product development and evaluation programme is very comprehensive and spans the length of the country, from Southland to Northland. It includes trialling products where they are most often used and employing the management practices of those regions. It also includes testing novel and innovative products in previously untested areas.
“Farmers can be confident that when Seed Force varieties are released they are at the leading edge of performance. When used in conjunction with good management practices and sound advice, they can help drive on farm performance.
“The Seed Force product portfolio spans a wide range of species – from annual crops, such as forage brassicas and cereals, through to perennial species such as lucerne, ryegrasses, cocksfoot and tall fescue.
“In addition to these primary species, we can provide a range of component varieties, such as legumes and herbs, and specialist species, such as fodder beet. Together with our retailer clients, we combine products with best practice management advice and on-farm support.”
Seed Force has forage specialists based throughout New Zealand. They are experienced in their locations and are available for support on-farm or over the phone.
Additional product and management information is available by calling freephone 0508 SEED FORCE (0508 7333 36).
The Seed Force range of quality products is available nationwide from leading seed retailers. Together with farmers, Seed Force is dedicated to helping ensure New Zealand agriculture remains world class.