Product Used: Renegade Red Clover
Cooplacurripa Station is located on the easternfall of the Great Dividing Range in Northern NSW. Covering an area of over 64,000 acres plus forestry lease country, it runs from high production phalaris /ryegrass country down to summer dominant kikuyu/paspalum valleys all with a healthy covering of white clover. Weeds are a major focus for Manager Peter Turner and he is constantly improving Blady grass country by cultivation or spraying areas and sowing improved pasture species that will provide his cattle enterprise with higher quality fattening feed.
Last year in September, Mr Turner chose a mix of sub tropical grasses together with Renegade Red clover and Haifa white clover to establish permanent areas in paddocks wasted to Blady grass. Some of these areas have been locked up and rotationally grazed whilst scattered areas have been carrying cows and calves almost continually once they were established. In both situations Mr Turner has been impressed by the pasture establishment but more so with the feed quality and quantity that the Renegade red clover has added to the mix. Areas previously unproductive are now favoured by cows and calves and are closely grazed all year round. With a mix of Bambatsi panic, Premier Digit and Gatton panic, paspalum and kikuyu used with the clovers bloat is not a problem and Peter intends to sow more unproductive land with this mix to increase his carrying capacity.
Peter Turner, Great Dividing Range NSW