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Maintaining productive pasture is a constant challenge

Every farmer wants to know how long new pasture will last. Some think it’s 10 or even 20 years. But the latest data indicates that new pasture is 80% exhausted by the fifth year of grazing!

New, high-quality pasture is primarily exotic species. Livestock find these species far more palatable than native grasses — and that means they graze more often, and thoroughly.

This demands diligent, effective pasture and grazing management to maximise the useful life and yield of the pasture. Otherwise pasture depletes rapidly, allowing native grasses and weeds to fill the gaps and forcing farmers to accept lower production, or to rely more on costly, outside feed sources.

This is where Smart Three65 helps.

Old pastures only appear to last longer

Old pasture is largely made up of unproductive, unpalatable native grasses. This is why it seems to last longer — livestock don’t graze it nearly as hard due to their high levels of naturally occurring toxic endophyte! Of course, that means yield is lower, too. Or you need to buy feed to make up the difference

RYEGRASS PLANT REDUCTION OVER TIME
  No plant competition Plant competition
Over 268 days 9% 12%
Over 1 year 49% 61%
Over 3 years* 58% 70%
Over 5 years 68% 80%

*Note that even without plant competition from weeds, pasture will reduce by nearly 78% over a five-year-period. For this reason, the Smart Three65 program generally recommends undersowing the paddock every three years.

What our customers say ...

Our production is up and I think the new grasses have helped. We used to make decisions on what grasses we were going to put in, but we were not always sure we were getting the right thing. Since we have been dealing with you, we now pay a more attention to what grass and crops we are putting in and how they will perform. Your advice on grass selection has been invaluable and it increases our understanding. The CAT123 programme has worked well. If it wasn't, we wouldn't use it any more. If we are unsure about anything or have any questions, you are only a phone call away. Before we were dealing with you we didn't know who to call. We use experts in our cowshed chemical and on the fertiliser we use and it makes good sense to get expert advice on grass seed, but a lot of farmers don't. Many companies sell seed, but not many give the expert advice you do. Mike H

You're the only company whose agronomist can give me all the advice from the initial analysis, top crop selection, weed & insect control, nutrient programmes, grazing management, and crop rotations. It saves me from having to deal with so many different people. Richard W

Sowing your clover oversowing blend is one of the cheapest ways of lifting production on my farm, and I don't know why a lot more farmers don't do it. Look at my farm. Paul C

Smart Forage & Pasture Cropping Manual

The Smart Forage Cropping Manual is the latest edition of the well renowned and sought after agronomy support manual. Whether you are an experienced cropping farmer or new to cropping, you will find very relevant agronomy support explained in basic ‘grassroots’ language for all of us to benefit from.  In answer to request, Smart have provided this manual to assist consultants, technical company representatives and university students in the past, so why not invest in your own pasture and forage keepsake to help keep you ahead of the pack!

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