Western Dairy has three individual pasture trials and demonstrations being; the WA Seed Performance Trial (WASP), Grazing Management Demonstration "Goldilocks Grazing" and the Seed Mix Trial.
WA Seed Performance Trial (WASP)
- An independently run, annual ryegrass trial over two sites (Dardanup and Cowaramup) 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.
Background information: WASP 2019 Background
2019 results: WASP Harvests 1-3 and WASP Harvest 4
2018 results: WASP Results 2018 and Supporting results 2018
2017 results: WASP Results 2017
Grazing Management Demonstration "Goldilocks Grazing"
- 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
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.
Background information: Seed Mix Trial Background
2019 results: Seed Mix Harvests 1 & 2 and Seed Mix Harvests 3 & 4
2018 results: Seed Mix Trial
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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