Product Used: Cavalier Spineless Burr Medic
The addition of Cavalier spineless burr medic into an annual ryegrass blend has helped improve a pasture paddock on the property of Peter Drayton, at Grafton, on the north-coast of New South Wales. Mr Drayton had three major floods go through the property early in 2013 and had significant areas out of action for much of the year. With this scenario in mind he concentrated on the higher ground and in May sowed three kilograms per hectare of Cavalier medic with 30 kilograms per hectare of ryegrass. Medics had been trialled by a local distributor with some success and provided enough confidence to add it to the pasture mix. An aerator had been put over the paddock twice prior to sowing and assisted in getting a very good establishment. Mr Drayton said as soon as the ryegrass became available, the area was grazed by cattle and the medic portion of the feed really started to show during spring. He said the feed certainly came in handy as he also kept 150 weaners on the property through that period rather than selling them at the reduced price that was available in autumn. When they were eventually sold, later in the year, they fetched a significantly better price with the improved markets.
Cavalier was recommended by the local agronomist because of its suitability to the area and its ability to handle some aluminium and a lower pH. The paddock had previously been a mix of grasses so the addition of the medic helped the quality of feed and should also add nitrogen to the soil. “It was certainly worth the risk,” Mr Drayton said. “If it could handle that paddock it could handle other paddocks.” He said Cavalier was a good option to get through the feed gap they traditionally had in spring.
Last season they were able to achieve more production out of the paddock when other areas of the farm were out of play. “It gave us bang for the buck,” Mr Drayton said. “It did what it had to do.” The property experienced some dry conditions through spring and the area continued to be grazed, with the medic also setting seed in anticipation of a regeneration the following year.
Peter Drayton of Grafton, NSW used Cavalier medic to improve pasture on the property last season.