Western Dairy manages unique WA Seed Performance (WASP) Trials, Grazing Management Demonstrations, and Seed Mix Trials.
WA Seed Performance Trial (WASP)
- An independently run, annual ryegrass trial over two sites in the heart of WA's dairy region.
- An opportunity to compare all retail seed products that are currently sold in WA and provide independent economic analysis to dairy farmers.
2020 background information - Trial Seeds and Activity Log
2019 results: WASP 2019 Results and WASP 2019 Supporting Results
2018 results: WASP Results 2018 and Supporting results 2018
2017 results: WASP Results 2017
Western Dairy makes no warranty or representation with regard to the accuracy of any Milk Production Potential information or data, and use of such information or data is at your own risk. You should contact your professional advisor before acting or refraining from acting upon such information or data, including any decision to invest in a new cultivar or maintain use of an existing cultivar.
Ryegrass Management Demonstration
A demonstration of fertiliser rate and grazing effect on annual ryegrass performance over the growing season of those cultivars tested in the WASP 2020 trials.
Seed Mix Trial
Assessing the benefits of early grazed available fodder, and the subsequent yield of oats and ryegrass seed mix over the growing season.
2019 results: 2019 Seed Mix Trial background and 2019 Seed Mix Trial results
2018 results: Seed Mix Trial
Testing best grazing management strategies with plots being grazed to the ideal residual, over-grazed, under-grazed and grazed too early, and assessing the performance of pasture production over the growing season.
Background information: Goldilocks 2019 Background
2019 results: Goldilocks Harvests 1 & 2
2018 results: Goldilocks Grazing Final
Understanding the Seed Bag Tag: What are seed providers and seed testing bodies saying? Check your seed bag tag. This factsheet also features a comparison of certified results from germination tests of commercialised annual ryegrass varieties and brands in April 2019, as well as some simple tests that dairy farmers can try before investing in further seeds.
Western Dairy would like to thank all the WASP Trial Partners for their contributions and support:
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