Dryland Pastures

The Pyramid – The Arrowleaf Clover Dryland Blog

The Pyramid is owned by Chris and Julia Dawkin’s, who have kindly agreed to let us visit their property on a regular basis to report on their management of Arrowleaf clover mixed species dryland pastures. The Pyramid is a 415 ha dryland farm in the Waihopai Valley, Marlborough, and is situated at the confluence of…

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Glen Erin House Paddock – Bonavaree Mix

Fraser and Doug have got the cull ewes and their lambs grazing on Glen Erin at the moment, plus a handful of Friesian bulls. The paddock is currently split into two with an electrified break-fence. The Avery’s are developing their stock water system to increase trough numbers, so that they can subdivide paddocks by break…

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Bonavaree – Establishing Bonavaree Mix Paddock from Omaka Barley

The journey to a new paddock of Bonavaree mix (Prairie Grass, Lucerne, Plantain) is well under way now. We visited the North Face paddock again last week, and it was looking vastly  different to last time, see photos below. From this to this Plans for this paddock from our last visit went according to schedule…

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Bonavaree – Jeffries Front Flat – Torlesse Lucerne

Jeffries Front Flat has been spelled from the grazing rotation for 40 days to enable the Avery’s to apply a weed spray, and re-grow before the next grazing. The paddock was grazed down to an approximate height of 2 cm before applying the chemical. Because this was a late spray the stand was not grazed…

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Beef + Lamb New Zealand Field Day – Banks Peninsula

This field day is another Beef + Lamb issues based Field day for Canterbury. I have been to the Marlborough based days, and they are truely worth attending. The theme for this field day is highly topical for dryland farmers: Profitable Lucerne and Lamb production. Derrick Moot (Lincoln University) and Tom Fraser (AgResearch) will be available…

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Tempello Dryland Blog – Subterranean Clover

David and Jo Grigg own Tempello Farm which is situated in the Brancott Valley, Marlborough. Tempello is 4,800 ha (2,600 ha effective) and lies between the Awatere and Wairau Valleys. Tempello could be characterised as a “warm” farm with a late-August start to spring pasture growth, and often growth through winter. The pasture growth curve…

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Frequently asked questions

Hi, Just a bit of an update on FAQs – we’re putting most of our fixed content on the Dryland website (www.lincoln.ac.nz/dryland). The Frequently Asked Questions page is where Derrick Moot and Dick Lucas have responded to some of the most commonly asked questions they get at field days or via email. They currently include responses to questions about weed…

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Bonavaree – Mixed Species Paddock (Glen Erin House Paddock)

The ewes and lambs were tailed off this paddock on the 6th September, and the paddock was being spelled when I visited on the 14th September. You can see by the photo below that all the species in the mix are showing signs of regrowth, especially the Prairie Grass component. Lambs are weighed individually at…

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Bonavaree – Lambing on Omaka Barley (North Face Paddock)

This Omaka Barley Paddock is still managing to supply a good quantity of feed to the lambing hoggets when I visited on September 14th. The pasture height was between 30-32 cm in height (see photo below). The quality of the pasture has declined now that the Barley is starting to go into reproductive (seeding) phase….

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