The wet winter of 2016 prevented us from accessing pastures to conduct monitoring and measurement on the Humphris farm. As a result, we cannot provide accumulation rates for the months between May and October. During this period, annual and perennial pastures were grazed several times and cows were fed conserved fodder on a feed pad in wet conditions.
Stewart & Matthews Farm, Yarrawalla
Pasture Accumulation Rates
Pasture Accumulation Rates were calculated using readings from the Automated Pasture Reader (APR) and calibration cuts taken through the same time period. For details on the methodology, see here.
Routine monitoring and measurement was also difficult at the Stewart-Matthews farm due to wet conditions. The following figures are estimates based on the information available.
RYEGRASS - PERENNIAL AND ANNUAL PASTURES
We have continued to monitor the perennial pasture paddocks that were irrigated at different intervals over summer, and they have been named accordingly. However, due to consistent rainfall throughout the winter and spring, these bays were not irrigated at all between May and October. The perennial pasture dried off over summer was oversown with a short-lived, and the annual ryegrass was sown in March.
We have also continued to monitor the lucerne bays that were irrigated at different intervals over summer, and they have been named accordingly. Similarly, due to consistent rainfall throughout the winter and spring, these bays were not irrigated at all between May and October. In the wet conditions, stock was kept off the lucerne altogether and it was cut for silage in September.