Ian and Narelle Groube
Otorohanga

“It’s resilient, something that actually grows and responds to the fertility, and the cows milk well off it. It does last.”

Waikato dairy farmers Ian and Narelle Groube are after resilient pastures that grow good grass, and are using Seed Force products to help achieve this.

The couple are owner-operators milking 340 cows, mainly Friesian, on their 120 hectare milking platform at Otorohanga.

Last spring they planted 14-15 ha of SF Punter chicory. In the autumn that was sprayed out and put into a permanent pasture mix of SF Stellar, SF Hustle perennial ryegrass, SF Greenly II cocksfoot and SF Quest white clover.

Any paddocks that need a bit of a boost are planted with SF Sultan annual ryegrass and the following spring are put into SF Punter chicory. “We put the SF Sultan in and then go to the chicory and permanent pasture in autumn,” Ian says.

He is pleased with the results and says the grass has performed well, though describes this year’s incredibly wet season as character building.

“It’s resilient, something that actually grows and responds to the fertility, and the cows milk well off it. It does last,” he says of the Seed Force mix.

Ian has also used SF Brigadier fodder beet for the last two years, grazing it in the paddock with the cows from the end of January onwards, rather than lifting it.

Previously he has used both fodder beet and SF Punter chicory but this spring the weather was against them and it got too wet for the beet. “It just got too late to fit into our system at the other end to put the permanent pastures back in.”

He opted to plant more of the SF Punter chicory instead.

Ian started using Seed Force on a recommendation and is pleased with the results so far.

“It’s been very good. The service is excellent, the staff are knowledgeable and nothing’s a problem. Ben (Leong) has got a heap of experience and knows what it takes to grow good crops.

“I will definitely be using their products again this coming autumn.”

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