“We can bang out a 20kg lamb here pretty easy and I’m sure it’s the grass that’s doing it. We’ve been using it about five years and it persists – that’s what we want.”
After trying many different cultivars, Five Rivers farmer Travis Naylor has found a Seed Force™ mix that grows in stony ground, persists in a dry climate and helps combat grass grub.
Travis is farming sheep, beef and deer on his flat farm that is prone to drying out in summer. He carries 2,200 breeding ewes plus lambs, 400 hinds, and fattens about 200 brought in beef cattle a year.
After trial and error over the years, Travis has settled on a Seed Force™ mix of SF Stellar™ perennial ryegrass, SF Greenly II new generation cocksfoot, SF Quest white clover and SF Rossi™ red clover, with a bit of SF Boston plantain thrown in, as a permanent pasture mix.
“It seems to establish rather quickly. I’m not kind to my pastures, it takes a beating and it grows in stones, which is something we have a problem with. It seems to go really well.”
The area gets hit with grass grub and the SF Greenly cocksfoot helps combat the grub, as they don’t touch it and it recovers quickly.
Stock also do well on the pasture mix. “We can bang out a 20kg lamb here pretty easy and I’m sure it’s the grass that’s doing it.”
“It’s suitable, that’s why I’m using it. I’ve tried lots over the years and I’ve found this mix seems to work well here. We’ve been using it about five years and it persists – that’s what we want.”