Mike and Robyn McCormick
“I got 350grams/day weight gain on lambs with that. The great thing is there’s no adjustment period for the lambs, they just go straight on.”
Outstanding weight gain results in his lambs has Waipukurau farmer Mike McCormick sold on the benefits of Seed Force™ forage barley.
Mike and his wife Robyn farm 316 hectares in Central Hawke’s Bay, running sheep, beef and deer. They are predominantly a velvet farming operation and grow fodder crops for the livestock.
The McCormicks have used SF Force 4™ lucerne, SF Greenland forage rape, and SF Stellar™ perennial ryegrass with success, but it’s the forage barley that has really captured Mike’s attention.
“It’s really, really good. I got 350 grams per day weight gain on lambs with that. The great thing is there’s no adjustment period for the lambs, they just go straight on. I was sold on it when I saw the results last year so I have 15 hectares of it this year – and that’s only limited availability of seed.
“The barley has real potential with multiple grazing and no adjustment for stock. It’s the one for me.”
He was also converted on another product after being persuaded to plant one hectare of SF Greenland rape in the corner of a paddock and seeing how much the stock went for it. “They certainly preferred it and we’ve used SF Greenland rape ever since.”
SF Force 4™ lucerne is grazed by ewes and lambs as well as being cut and baled and he says the results have been very good.
Mike appreciates the trialling and testing that goes into Seed Force™ products before they are brought to market. “Seed Force™ seems to take that little bit longer and makes sure the product will stay the distance.”
He says the service and advice received from Seed Force™’s Paul Holden is very good. “It’s the best I’ve ever had…their back up is top notch. No other seed company has ever offered to take me to their headquarters and show me around.
“I get better weight gains, stock health is good and it seems to last. On the fodder crops palatability is good – if stock like to eat it they do better, it’s a simple equation,” Mike sums up.
“I keep using it. I’m not tempted to even look at anything else.”
“I haven’t had a dud product – that’s probably because they only bring good ones to market. I can’t speak highly enough of the products I have used.”