Annual clovers offer a range of grazing, hay and silage options with multiple benefits including nitrogen fixation, paddock clean-up of weeds for a cropping rotation and disease breaks. The addition of annual clovers to mix a hay mix or with other grasses can increase feed quality, protein of feed and provide nitrogen for following crops or grass pastures.
Annual medics are traditionally grown on neutral to alkaline soils. There are a good source of quality grazing for livestock as well as a good nitrogen fixation plant for a cropping rotation. Most medics do not like waterlogged country. They can be used in mixes to improve the quality of hay/silage crops.
Our range of pasture mixes have been designed for ease of use. They are “Ready to Sow” blends of proven grasses and clovers. They are a product of ongoing research and development of the Ballard Seeds pasture blends range aiming to fulfil the requirements of farming for agronomically correct mixes for high production pasture based systems.
Tall fescue has an excellent tolerance of water logged areas and the ability to source water during extreme dry periods because of their deep rooted nature. The new soft leafed varieties have been an improvement in stock palatability, and acceptability. They are also showing more persistence and having the option of wither summer or winter active varieties gives you another choice in pasture improvement.
Perennial Ryegrass is the benchmark for long term consistent production within high rainfall regions and now with some flexibility in lower rainfall regions. New varieties have improvements in yield, quality and palatability although can be less persistent when compared with some of the industry staples.
French Serradella is a deep rooted, high water use plant. They are suited to a range of soil textures from sandy loams and gravels through to poor sands, provided the pH is below 7 and the soil is well drained. They grow best in deep soils, particularly where there is sub soil moisture in spring.