Andrew and Nicola Hamilton
“Last year it was a new product we wanted to try. It’s in our normal rotation, the lambs went on it first then the ewes came round behind them and nipped it off”
Hokonui sheep and beef farmer Andrew Hamilton is looking for performance and palatability from his pastures, this year he sowed the new SF Hustle perennial ryegrass in all his new grass paddocks.
Andrew and his wife Nicola farm about 800 acres in Southland, a mix of owned and leased land, including a 140 acre cut and carry grass block. They run a sheep breeding and finishing operation and also buy in beef cattle over summer to finish.
The Hamiltons run 2,000 breeding ewes, lamb 650 hoggets and finish all their lambs. This year also bought in store lambs, and finish about 3,400 of their own lambs annually. Lambs are weighed and the cut off is about 42kg, they have killed out at an average of 19-19.5 kg CW over the last few years.
They planted 5ha of SF Hustle last spring, at the recommendation of Seed Force rep Craig Thomson, to see how it performed and were pleased enough with it to warrant sowing it, with SF Quest white clover, in all their new grass paddocks this year.
“Last year it was a new product we wanted to try. It’s in our normal rotation, the lambs went on it first then the ewes came round behind them and nipped it off,” Andrew says.
“It (SF Hustle) certainly seems to be going well and the sheep like it, which is always a good thing. It does grow well too.”
From his pastures Andrew is looking for something that’s persistent, keeps growing, and is very palatable for stock, so they do well on it.
They trusted Craig’s advice on the use of SF Hustle. “He knows what he’s talking about and he thought it would be good for us.