David and Rosemary Scott
Hokonui

“It’s excellent, you graze it off and it just pings back again. I might even have to take stock out of one paddock and give it a cut for baleage to get it down!”

Hokonui sheep and beef farmer David Scott wanted a grass that would perform all year round, and thinks he has found a winner in the new Seed Force perennial ryegrass, Hustle.

David and his wife Rosemary farm in central Southland, their property is 190 hectares of flat to rolling hill country, and 91ha of it is leased out for cut and carry.

On the balance of land the Scotts run a breeding flock of 1,100 ewes, finishing all lambs and also buying in store lambs to finish. They buy in a small number of weaner calves to fatten for the works.

They tried SF Hustle last year, sowing it in the autumn, and it is now their ryegrass of choice, sown with SF Quest white clover and SF Rossi red clover. They have about 15ha planted now.

“I’m looking for something that will carry on through the winter, I want a year-round grass I can graze in winter and it comes back again for the spring. This grass seems to be pretty good,” David says.

“I’ve got some other paddocks that seem to be slower in the cold weather to establish again, but these ones (planted in SF Hustle) seem to pick up very well…it just keeps growing.

“It’s excellent, you graze it off and it just pings back again. I might even have to take stock out of one paddock and give it a cut for baleage to get it down!”

David says the stock like it and, if the gate to a neighbouring paddock is open, they will choose the Hustle first.

They value the advice of Seed Force rep Craig Thomson. “He is very good and he helped me, when I was after a year-round grass he suggested this one and I’m very happy with it. His advice is very valuable.

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