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102 Ha Dairy Farm Tender Hari Hari.
A very tidy & well farmed unit in Hari Hari South Westland
40 mins south of Hokitika
• Milking 190 Cows, with all cows wintered on
• Production 79300 KGMS from approx. 75 ha.
• 12 A/S HB, meal feeder ,dosatron
• Spacious, very tidy & warm 3 B/R House
• Excellent fences & lanes.
• 6 Ha of turnips. Stand-off area
• Extra MS avail from approx. 23 ha in a regrassed
• 250 bales baleage made on farm
• Very good standard of sheds & outbuildings
• All young stocks grazed on runoff also available for sale
• All stock & plant available at valuation.
• WMP shares currently at $1.50 per share.
• Easy one person operation. Avoid staffing problems!
Tender documents are available by contacting the agents or at
Ray White offices in Greymouth & Hokitika.
Tenders close at 4pm Friday 29th March 2013.
Dave Nolan & Barb O'Neill-Nolan
03 7534224 Dave M:021 170 8532
Barb M:021 989 076
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Be proactive with quality feed'
Farmers looking for another grazing option told about its other uses
High lamb growth rates are possible with red clover,
Diane Bishop reports.
I'll drink to that: Moa Flat farmer Brendon Bain, left, and Agricom animal nutritionist Dr Glenn Judson measure red clover
growth using a Speight's box.
Red Clover rules
Sow red clover in late October
Soil temperatures should be 10 to 12 degrees
Graze when its 25 to 30cm high in early to mid January
Rotational grazing works best
Stock at 60 to 70 lambs per hectare
Avoid cutting the red clover for hay/baleage in year one
Red clover could be twice as productive as white clover in summer
It's been dubbed the cheap man's
But red clover is a much more
viable lambing finishing option
than summer brassicas such as
pasja or rape, says a leading
Agricom animal nutritionist Dr
Glenn Judson said farmers had
traditionally thrown 1 to 2kg of
red clover into a pasture mix, but
it could be used as a sole stand to
put weight on lambs.
''It's not the only way to finish
lambs but it's a nice option,'' he
told farmers at a red clover field
day at Moa Flat.
The benefits of red clover was that
it had the potential to last two or
three years, it could be lambed on
in the spring and if it got away it
could be made into good quality
hay or baleage, Dr Judson said.
It was also able to fix Nitrogen at a
rate of 150 to 300kg of plant
In comparison summer brassicas
were a high quality feed, but were
only in the ground six to eight
months and were costly to sow, Dr
''In a great growth year it is very
difficult to conserve brassicas and
often the only option is to graze
Summer brassicas could also be
toxic to lambs if not grazed at the
Dr Judson said red clover had real
potential in areas like Moa Flat
and although it was often dubbed
the ''cheap man's lucerne'' it did
not require as much attention as
the dryland crop.
Red clover did not spread the
same as white clover but it could
be twice as productive.
Moa Flat farmer Brendon Bain
has been finishing his lambs on a
paddock consisting of 10kg per ha
of red clover and 3kg/ha of white
Up until weaning on December 20
his lambs had put on an average
247 grams per day, but in the past
week that had lifted to 428 grams
per day for the works lambs.
He had only lost one lamb while
grazing the crop.
Dr Judson said a 35kg lamb could
consume 1 to 1.5kg of red clover a
day which was easily harvested
because of its length.
''They (the lambs) can get a fair
bit down their gob in a short space
Dr Judson showed farmers how a
speight's box could be used to
determine the pre-grazing height
of red clover.
If the clover was the same height
as the box on its side then it was
the ideal grazing height but if it
was over the top of the box when
placed on its end it was too high.
Alternatively, it should be grazed
at the height of a redband
Dr Judson urged farmers to be
proactive, and not reactive, about
grazing red clover, and he
advocated rotational grazing was
better than set-stocking which
required more accurate manage-
ment. For example, a paddock
could be fenced into six even
blocks with the lambs spending a
week in each block before they
Dr Judson did not recommend
grazing cattle on red clover
because of the risk of bloat.
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