Dairy pastures are characterised by high-yielding and high-quality forages that can be well managed under intensive rotational grazing and are able to tolerate considerable amounts of grazing pressure.
Note: When sowing grass in the Upper North Island, it is essential that a cultivar with AR37 endophyte is selected and insecticide treated seed is used, as insect pest pressure in this region is extensive.
These farms tend to calve early in milder winter environments and produce a large proportion of their total milksolids before Christmas. Often these farms find maintaining quality and quantity of feed post-Christmas challenging. This can lead to extra costs with supplementary feed.
Often undersowing is a common response to open pastures due to drought conditions, or those that have been affected by heavy grazing and/or pugging in wetter times. Options for undersowing often depend on the timing of summer or autumn rainfall.
Herbs and legumes
* Legion has been bred, selected and successfully tested as a perennial and will function as a perennial ryegrass. Due to a small number of tip awns Legion is certified as Lolium Boucheanum.