Making the Most of Your Surplus – Pukeatua, October 27th

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Selecting the best method for managing your spring pasture surplus, and setting up the best strategy for summer, can be a case of trial and error. There are a number of options: putting in a crop, making silage, or possibly even deferred grazing. Our hosts, Doug and Tracey Chappell, have been thinking about what will suit their farm system best.



Selecting the best strategy

Wade Bell, AG360, will talk about how you can go about selecting the right strategy for your system. What are the pros and cons of each, what do you need to consider, what are the key indices and how do you measure them?

Summer cropping

Doug and Tracey have put in a chicory crop for summer feed supply. Hamish Johnstone, Agricom, will take us through how you can select the right crop for your system and how to ensure optimal yields from your chosen crop variety e.g. chicory, brassicas, and maize.

Making top notch silage

There is an art to making silage. Logan Scott, Pioneer, will talk about the tips and tricks for making and storing excellent silage that will provide high quality feed.

Deferred grazing

Old news or the next best thing? Deferred grazing may seem like something grandad did, but research is indicating it could have a place on modern farms. Wendy Griffiths, DairyNZ, and Ian Butler, who has used it on his farm, will outline what the research has discovered, the benefits it may offer, and how it has panned out in practice.

Free event, all welcome

Morning tea: 10.15 am

Main program: 10.30 am – 1 pm (followed by lunch)

Event Details

Start date: October 27, 2020

End date: October 27, 2020

Start time: 10:15 a.m.

End time: 01:00 p.m.

Venue: Doug and Tracey Chappell, 84 Maru Rd, Pukeatua, S/N 73892

Email: [email protected]

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