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The Western Dairy pasture trials include four individual trials and demonstrations made up of: The WA Seed Performance Trial (WASP), Pasture Trial Network (PTN), Grazing Management Demonstration ("Goldilocks Grazing") and Seed Mix Trial.

 

WA Seed Performance Trials (WASP)

 

What is WASP?  

 

  • An independently run, annual ryegrass trial over two sites (one replicating a milking platform in Dardanup, one replicating a support block in Boyanup) in the heart of WA's Dairy Region.   
  • A trial with the opportunity to compare all seed retailers products that are currently sold in WA.   
  • An independent economic analysis at the conclusion of the trial to highlight to Dairy Farmers the potential differences expressed in this trial.

 

Background information on the WASP Trial download: WASP Background

Results from Harvest one and two download: WASP Harvest one and two

Results from Harvest three download: WASP Harvest three

Results from Harvest four download: WASP Harvest four

Results from Harvest five download: WASP Harvest five

Results from Harvest six download: WASP Harvest six

Results from all Harvests - cumulative yields: WASP Cumulative yield

 

Pasture Trial Network (PTN)

 

What is the PTN?

 

  • A National program designed to generate the Forage Value Index (FVI). 
  • The Forage Value Index (FVI) is a rating system that helps Australian dairy producers and their advisors to make more informed decisions when selecting ryegrass cultivars.
  • For further information on the FVI visit the Dairy Australia website
  • Results from the WA PTN Trial are sent directly to the National Database, and are not released locally. 

 

Grazing Management Demonstration "Goldilocks Grazing"

 

  • Putting the test best grazing management with plots being grazed to the ideal residual, over grazed, under grazed and grazed too early. To assess the performance of pasture production over the growing season. 

 

Background information on the Grazing Management Demo download: GG Demo Background

Results from Harvest one and two download: GG Demo Harvest one and two

Results from Harvest three download: GG Demo Harvest three

Results from Harvest four download: GG Demo Harvest four

Results from Harvest five download: GG Demo Harvest five

Results from Harvest six download: GG Demo Harvest six

Results from all Harvests - cumulative yields: GG Demo Cumulative yield

 

Seed Mix Trial

 

  • Incorporating an oats and ryegrass seed mix, to assess the benefits of early grazed available fodder, and subsequent yield of the ryegrass over the growing season. 

 

Background information on the Seed Mix Trial download: Seed Mix Trial Background

Results from Harvest one and two download: Seed Mix Trial Harvest one and two

Results from Harvest three download: Seed Mix Trial Harvest three

Results from Harvest four download: Seed Mix Trial Harvest four

Results from Harvest five download: Seed Mix Trial Harvest five

Results from Harvest six download: Seed Mix Trial Harvest six

Results from all Harvests - Cumulative yields: Seed Mix Cumulative yield 

 

 

Western Dairy would like to thank all the 2018 WASP Trial Partners for their contributions and support:

      

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