Product Used: Outback Forage Oats, Zulumax Arrowleaf Clover
A blend of Outback oats, Rocket ryegrass and Zulumax arrowleaf clover has produced bulk and quality hay for Karl Gladigau, of Mt Gambier, in South Australia. “I wanted bulk hay, and heaps of it,” Mr Gladigau said. We got significant bale numbers from it.” The blend was planted in April, 2013 and one 15 acre paddock produced 140 round bales of high quality hay in the spring. Three paddocks were sown all-up and grazed by stock two to three times across autumn and early winter before being locked up for the hay cut relatively late in the season.
Mr Gladigau said the oats and arrowleaf clover, in particular, hung on well through the season and produced high quality forage at harvest. “I was very impressed with the Zulumax clover,” he said. “I picked one plant out of the paddock and it stretched from one side of the ute bonnet to the other side.” The blend consisted of 50 kilograms per hectare of Outback oats, 15 kilograms per hectare of Rocket ryegrass and 5 kilograms per hectare of Zulumax arrowleaf clover. “It is a good way of getting quality and bulk.”
Hay from the area was put in the shed and kept to feed their cattle across the summer period. With the high yields there was still hay available going into the 2014/2015 summer period. “We had heaps left because of the season. It is cheap insurance,” Mr Gladigau said. During the 2014 season a blend of Moby forage barley, Zulumax arrowleaf clover, medic and Jivet ryegrass was planted on the property. “We sowed it to 14 acres and cut 88 rolls off it which is exceptional for the year. We really had no rain worth talking about since June.” The ability to produce good yields of high quality hay means they are able to feed the stock through the traditionally dry period through summer.Mr Gladigau said it was important to have quality hay available for the cattle across this period to make sure they remain in good condition. “The stock have to have quality hay to get them through to the other side and then into calf,” he said.
Karl Gladigau, of Mt Gambier, SA produced excellent yields of high quality hay with a blend of oats, ryegrass and clover.