A blend of lucerne and chicory has provided an excellent option for Peter Coy, of Woorndoo, in the Western Districts of Victoria for the control of red gut in sheep. Mr Coy said red gut had been an issue on the property in the past and he was looking at other pasture options to address this. In the autumn of 2010 he planted the SOWsmart Lucerne & Chicory blend which is a combination of Q75 winter active lucerne and Balance chicory. “It’s been a terrific success,” Mr Coy said. “I am very happy with the chicory – it combines with the lucerne to stop deaths from red gut.” He said the 2010 season really suited the chicory and it did very well over the season.
The SowSmart blend is made up of 80 percent Q75 lucerne and 20 percent Balance chicory with the combination aimed at providing bulk and high quality feed over longer periods. Some 400 acres of the blend over 5 paddocks were planted on the Coy property in 2010, and lambs were allowed to rotationally graze the area throughout the year. Mr Coy said the stock did very well from the feed and the combination of lucerne and chicory seemed to suit the area well. The blend provided a bulk of feed over the season and could also have been made into hay at various stages. “We would normally make hay,” Mr Coy said. “This year we had plenty of hay so didn’t, but I think we will in the future.”
Peter Coy, Woorndoo, Western Victoria