Tom and Abi Richmond
“SF Sultan™ annual ryegrass has been largely over-sown on the farm and Tom describes the results as “out of this world”.”
Tom Richmond says the performance and dry matter production of the Seed Force™ products he uses on his Te Horo farm have been outstanding.
Tom and his wife Abi farm alongside Tom’s parents on the family farm, running predominantly deer. They fatten all their own weaner deer as well as running 120 beef cows and a couple of hundred ewes, with all lambs fattened.
They have a range of Seed Force™ products on their farm including SF Force 4™ lucerne, which Tom says is a very useable crop from a grazing point of view and also from a cut and harvest point of view, as it is a saleable commodity and they get up to five cuts a year.
Tom is a big fan of the SF Greenland forage rape. “We love the rape, it’s absolutely marvellous. It’s easy to establish and manage and is just a huge amount of dry matter for quite low inputs. I’m more than wrapt with it.”
The rape has been a valuable crop for fattening lambs and Tom says the best thing about it is that it’s able to be grazed then shut up and grazed again. “I think my crop this year had three grazings.”
Last year they put the rape on with a lime slurry through a helicopter boom and that was very successful. “It’s quite low cost feed for the return. We’ve had it on good cropping land and on marginal land, like paddocks that had been in pine trees, and it still performed pretty well.”
He was initially sceptical about using SF Greenly II new generation cocksfoot but decided to give it a go and says it has been a lifesaver, especially in the drought last year.
“It was basically the only green paddock on the farm, and it kept growing.”
The Richmonds have also used SF Stellar™ perennial ryegrass mixes, some of which have only been in for two years, but Tom says it is looking good and thickening up nicely.
SF Sultan™ annual ryegrass has been largely over-sown on the farm and Tom describes the results as “out of this world”.