Dryland Pastures

Stocking rate and quality of direct grazed lucerne in early spring

In this video, taken on 15 Sept 2015, Prof Moot talks about the stocking rate used on the rotationally grazed lucerne monoculture (6-paddock rotation). The quality (crude protein and ME) of the feed on offer during the early lactation phase at Ashley Dene, Canterbury is discussed. [iframe src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/jnM9wUdBSV4″ width=”100%” height=”500″]

Grazing begins in the lucerne monocultures on 17 Sept 2015

In this video, taken on 15 Sept 2015, Prof Derrick Moot returns to the lucerne monoculture at Ashley Dene, Canterbury. This pasture underwent winter weed control and we look at how successful the herbicide application has been in relation to vegetative growth as spring grazing is initiated. [iframe src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/Cj3hrZRZfkQ” width=”100%” height=”500″]

Early spring at Ashley Dene

On Friday afternoon (15 Sept) DRP Team members Anna and Travis headed out to Ashley Dene Farm near Springston. We talk quite a bit about the research we conduct at Ashley Dene in this blog but realise that it may be hard to put into context if you haven’t visited the farm. So today, in…

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State of the cocksfoot pastures with annual clovers in early spring

Dick Lucas talks about the cocksfoot pasture established with sub and balansa clovers on 26th Aug (beginning of the third regrowth season) in this first video (approx. 1 min). In the second he discusses the change in the ratio of the ‘Denmark’ and ‘Rosabrook’ sub clover cultivars in the cocksfoot/sub clover pasture (approx. 1 min)….

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State of the lucerne and lucerne-grass mixtures at Ashley Dene in early spring

In this video (taken on the 26th August) Prof Derrick Moot, of the Lincoln University Dryland Pastures Research Team, discusses the early spring grazing management of a lucerne monoculture vs. lucerne mixes established with either brome or cocksfoot (orchardgrass) as a companion species (approx 2 mins). [iframe src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/T54NDairSNM” width=”100%” height=”500″]

Lucerne recovery from winter weed control

We return to the lucerne monoculture on 26 August which is about one month after we last visited the site. In this video Prof Derrick Moot talks about how the stand has recovered from the herbicide applied to control weeds as the lucerne stand enters into the period of active early spring growth 3 years…

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