Product Used: Moby Forage Barley
Moby barley has proved a successful option for grazing standard bred horses on the “Goldrush Lodge” property at Biddeston, west of Toowoomba in Queensland. Farm manager, Peter Bell, said they have used barley as a grazing option for many years and in more recent times have switched to Moby as the preferred variety. He said under good seasonal conditions Moby barley planted in March can provide excellent grazing options through until late spring. “If I can get the right weather conditions it can go right through until November,” he said.
The Moby paddocks are either grazed by lower numbers of horses and the stock are kept there the whole time, or a larger herd will be introduced and then they are rotated through a number of paddocks. “I like to graze it as quickly as I can so I can keep the growth nodules down.” Mr Bell said oats were also used on the property for cattle feed although an experiment last season showed the potential of Moby barley to complement that option. He said the seeder still had barley in it when entering the paddock destined for oats and so he did four rounds before putting in the alternative seed. The barley established more quickly than the nearby oats and was ready to be grazed first. “Cattle took to the barley. Right through they had that area bare to the ground. Moby barley produces a good leafy plant and grows well,” Mr Bell said.
In most years barley is also used as an option for hay and put into 8 foot x 3 foot x 4 foot bales and stored in the shed to be utilised on-farm at a later stage. This year the sheds were full and so the designated hay paddock was used for grazing instead. Mr Bell said the seasonal conditions were very good early but there was very little rainfall recorded from July through until mid-November. Despite this the Moby barley hung on very well.
Peter Bell, of Biddeston, QLD, used Moby barley to feed standard bred horses.