The inaugural 2018 Forbes PA & H Association Pasture Competition took place at this year’s 143rd Show.
On Thursday, September 27, judges Tom Dwyer, Forbes PA & H Association, Guy Webb, AgriWest Rural, and Matt Gould, Landmark, named Jack Farthing of Forbes, the winner.
Jack took out the prize with a cracking pasture blend, sown in 2017, comprised of Pasture Genetics L70 Lucerne, Balance Chicory, Cavalier Spineless Burr Medic, Cobra Balansa Clover, and Zulumax Arrowleaf Clover.
During the most changeling drought in over 100 years, the lucerne stand is delivering despite the conditions.
AgriWest agronomist, Guy Webb said it was a testament to the toughness of L70 Lucerne and Balance Chicory.
Jack explained that this pasture mix was comprised to provide year-round feed.
Jack puts the strong performance of his pasture down to its proper establishment and not rushing to graze it until it had completed setting seed.
Jack is a firm believer in being mindful of soil health and organic matter and has been pleased with valuable ground cover that the Balance Chicory has provided. The old root systems of the dead chicory also allow for deep moisture penetration when rainfall eventually occurs.
Jack is planning to put the voucher toward a bag of Subzero Hybrid Forage Brassica.
Pasture Genetics territory manager for North West and Central, New South Wales, Jack Edwards says, “Jack’s winning pasture paints a nice picture of what can be done with the right plants on less than 120 millimetres of rain for the year.”
Pasture Genetics congratulate 2018 Forbes PA & H Association Pasture Competition winner Jack Farthing.
Image: The old root systems of the dead chicory also allow for deep moisture penetration when rainfall eventually occurs.