Product Used: GTL 60 Lucerne Winter Active
GTL60 showed excellent regrowth after grazing on the property of Henry Taylor, at Gulargambone in the central west plains of New South Wales.
Mr Taylor said he trialled GTL60 alongside L70 and both varieties established well after being planted in April last year.
“We had quite handy October and November rain and coming into summer we had a fair bit of feed,” he said. “There were 800 Merino wethers in the 90 hectare paddock for around three months and after we took them out we had January rain.”
He said it was after this rain that the GTL60 demonstrated its excellent regrowth and took advantage of the available moisture leading into the dry February period.
January rain consisted of three to four inches with the GTL60, in particular, growing strongly and providing good additional feed options.
Lucerne is an essential part of the feed program on the property and there are generally two paddocks planted down to the crop at any one time.
A 190 hectare area of L91 was sown the previous season and fed cross-bred lambs across the summer period.
Mr Taylor said their lambs were usually born in May and June and the stock grazed on oats and vetch in the winter and spring. He said the lambs were weaned onto the lucerne in the lead-up to summer and grazed the pastures through summer and autumn.
When there is good feed available the tendency is to place as many lambs as possible in the lucerne areas, although this also depends on other factors.
“We do try to manage it depending on the grazing cycle or lambs’ life cycle,” Mr Taylor said.
The lucerne is sown at a rate of 3 kilograms per hectare as a pure stand and has established well over many years.
“We sow it by itself using zero-till and get good results at those lower seeding rates,” Mr Taylor said.
“I am looking at getting four to five years out of the lucerne and then we will go back into wheat.”
He said by using lucerne as a break option in the cropping rotation it helps control diseases such as crown rot and also provides a nitrogen boost to the wheat phase.