Dryland Pastures

Lambing onto Lucerne Jeffries Front Flat

The last couple of months have been an episode of extremes at Bonavaree; record weather highs and lows, destructive gales, and to top it off several major earthquakes! Firstly…the weather: June was cold, wet and cloudy (it broke several records according to NIWA – see summary table below) and then July was completely opposite in…

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Winter Maintenance-Spraying of Lucerne Paddocks

This is a bit late, but we thought we’d still write a blog on the subject – if only for next season’s reference!! Winter spraying of our lucerne ended up being quite the headache this year.  Between:  Figuring out what products to apply to suit all the different weeds Getting someone to come on-farm and…

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Jeffries Front Flat – the results of harvest and use for lambing feed?

The countdown to lambing is on at Bonavaree when I visited in late May. Doug and Fraser have had a really successful year with Jeffries Front Flat, and it is still looking like a productive paddock that is geared to produce well again this spring. Seed Harvest The lucerne seed harvest from this paddock was…

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