Product Used: Cavalier Spineless Burr Medic
A mix of lucerne and medic has performed well under sown to oats on the properties of Danny Lloyd in the St Arnaud district of central Victoria. Mr Lloyd said they had relied on cocksfoot and clover as pasture options on a property at Stuart Mill, south of St Arnaud, in the past but had found it not as effective on another farm located to the west. He said in 2011 they decided to try a mix of L70 lucerne at 5 kilograms per hectare and Cavalier medic at 2 kilograms per hectare under sown to a milling oat which went in at 50 kilograms per hectare. “It all seems to be going really well,” Mr Lloyd said. “As we look after it I think it will be really good.” The operation is predominantly focused around fat lamb production and the switch to a lucerne / medic pasture mix will provide feed options throughout the year. “With lucerne you can fill the feed gap.
That’s the best part of it. In the summer time there is a big feed gap and if you have something to replace it you are ahead.” The lucerne and medic pasture will be managed to provide feed from February onwards and be managed for many years of production. Mr Lloyd said they normally sowed the oats at 70 kilograms per hectare but dropped the rate down to 50 kilograms per hectare in the under sown paddocks. “Germination was very good,” Mr Lloyd said. Both the L70 and Cavalier seed had been treated with Goldstrike. The Cavalier medic kept up with the oats throughout the season and then flowered and set seed. The planting of crops was conducted in May and the season was generally good, although a few dry patches leading into spring was of some concern. Mr Lloyd said some of the oats were cut for hay which did not seem to affect the lucerne and medic growing underneath. As well as the under sown areas, the lucerne and medic mix was planted to different areas as a stand-alone option.
Danny Lloyd, Stuart Mill VIC