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North Coast Local Land Services release new Pasture Sowing Guide

Low pasture reserves across the region has prompted North Coast Local Land Services to develop a new factsheet to assist local graziers explore alternative feed options.

Senior Land Services Officer, Nathan Jennings said “After an unseasonably dry Spring and Summer, pasture reserves are generally low across the entire region.  As we head into Autumn and Winter, landholders are looking for advice on alternative feed options.”

“Most local graziers rely on C4 or ‘summer’ pastures, which are much less active in the cooler months.  The dry conditions during Spring and Summer have really impacted on pasture production, meaning that most landholders have low reserves of feed and have not been able to replenish silage stocks.  Most graziers are heading into the traditional winter feed gap with very little standing pasture.”

Landholders are particularly interested in what pasture or forage crops they can sow to supplement the diet of their livestock. 

The newly developed factsheet Pasture and Forage Sowing and Management Guide – Autumn to Winter 2014 identifies a range of suggested varieties of temperate grasses, legumes and other forage crops as well as some tropical grass species that could be planted locally.

These varieties can be planted during Autumn and Winter and are expected to perform particularly well in the Richmond, Tweed and Upper Clarence.

“With the rain received a couple of weeks ago, some landholders will be considering over-sowing with annual rye-grass or oats, and taking advantage of the increased soil moisture,” Mr Jennings said. 

The factsheet provides advice on establishing pasture and forage crops, suggested fertiliser programs and other management techniques relevant to the North Coast.

The factsheet can be downloaded from the North Coast Local Land Services web site under publications at http://northcoast.lls.nsw.gov.au/ and is also available in hard copy from local offices. 

Media contact: Mr Nathan Jennings (02) 6626 5634