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This autumn Cropmark commercialized a
permanent pasture mix called Barrier Combo
which contains a revolutionary new grass
endophyte 'GrubOUT U2.'
GrubOUT U2 protects both roots and
above ground parts of host grasses against
insects such as grass grub, black beetle, porina,
Argentine stem weevil and other insect pests.
The result is significantly improved pasture
persistence under insect pest attack.
We have seen dramatic examples in on farm
trials with black beetle and grass grub, where
all the other endophyte-grass combinations
were wiped out after 18 months, while the
GrubOUT U2 grasses were virtually
For farmers who have become exasperated
at having grass grub and black beetle wipe out
their pastures after as little as 12-18 months,
the endophyte will be great news.
Barrier Combo is safe for cattle, sheep and
deer and won't cause grass staggers or heat
stress. And it is extremely palatable. Stock seem
to love it and show strong preference for it over
other grass mixes on offer.
Barrier Combo seed will be available
through most (but not all) traditional retailers
as well as via Ravensdown.
ENDOPHYTE TARGETS GRASS
GRUB, PORINA AND OTHERS
CASE 4240, 4WD, cab, loader ................ BEING PREPARED
CASE 240 Magnum duals all round ........ BEING PREPARED
Alpego Mulcher 3.0M with rear wheels ...........COMING IN
MF5455, 100hp, QE loader, ROPS, 4WD, 5010 hrs $39,950
Daedong DK90C with loader, 4wd, cab..................$24,950
Maschio 3M Power Harrow ...............................COMING IN
Vogal TPL 1000 3pi Fert Spreader ........ BEING PREPARED
Simba 3.0M discs, new front blades & brgs ........... $24,500
Claas 255 uni wrapper - 18,000 bales very tidy ......$49,500
Duncan Renovator drill - 19 run, disc openers........ $19,950
Taege 14 reel vee rake ........................... BEING PREPARED
LOOK AT THIS!!!
loader All for
$22,490 + GST
Sustainability focus: 2013 Otago Ballance Farm Environment Awards finalists Terry and Jacqui Carr.
Dairy farming couple see
contests as opportunity
Judges note passion for technology, energy efficiency
It's not just about ticking the boxes
-- it's about making sure we look after
our staff, our land and our industry.
Clydevale dairy farmers Terry and
Jacqui Carr are always looking at ways
to increase their farming knowledge.
Equity managers for the Argyll Dairy
Farm Partnership, the Carrs regard
farming competitions as a good way to
benchmark themselves against other
dairy farmers while also gaining
valuable farm management information.
The Ballance Farm Environment
Awards helped them to do just that.
''We entered because we wanted to
improve our knowledge of environ-
mental issues and to pick up information
that would help us grow our business in a
sustainable way,'' said Jacqui.
Sustainability has always been a key
focus for the Clydevale operation, which
milks 1200 cows on a 332 hectare effective
site northwest of Balclutha.
''It's not just about ticking the boxes -- it's
about making sure we look after our
staff, our land and our industry.''
With dairy farming subject to increasin-
gly strict regulations and scrutiny, the
Carrs have taken a proactive approach to
addressing environmental issues.
This includes fencing off a buffer zone to
keep stock away from the Clutha River,
which borders the farm.
Riparian planting to enhance this zone
has been included in the annual budget.
Fertiliser is applied carefully to avoid
nutrient loss and the farm's effluent
systems have been designed to ''go above
and beyond'' council requirements.
The Carrs won the LIC Dairy Farm
Award and the Meridian Energy
Excellence Award in the 2013 Ballance
Farm Environment Awards.
Judges were impressed with their
passion for technology and energy
efficiency and their dedication to staff
management, health and safety, record-
ing and maintenance.
They also noted the ''exceptional
relationship'' between the Carrs and
their contract milkers, Chris and Sandra
The Meridian Energy Excellence Award
recognises farmers who are ''driving
excellence in utilising on-farm opportun-
ities to generate or maximise energy
Argyll Farm has two farm dairies, but
only one is used during the early and
latter parts of the season to reduce labour
and energy costs.
Both dairies utilise heat exchange units
to increase efficiency, and the newest
dairy farm features a lightweight,
composite rotary platform that requires
less power to operate.
All houses on the farm are well insulated
and fitted with modern and efficient
Jacqui said their experience in the
Ballance Farm Environment Awards
provided reassurance that the business
was addressing environmental issues in
the correct manner.
''Being involved in the awards confirmed
that we are doing the right thing.
''Getting our entry together was a good
exercise for us and that actual judging
process was done in a very relaxed
''It wasn't just the judges asking us
questions, we were able to ask them
questions and so we picked up a lot of
information from them.''
Jacqui said the expert judges made a
number of good recommendations.
''One judge even suggested we put a
ladder in our effluent ponds, just in case
someone falls in.''
''We felt it was a very worthwhile
experience and we would certainly
encourage other farmers to enter the
''It's a great opportunity to increase your
Entries for the 2014 Ballance Farm
Environment Awards are now open.
Entry forms are available at
Match fields to pastures
A Meat the Cultivar field day will be held on
Willie and Phillipa Menlove's Lumsden property
The field day will cover pasture options, herbicide
tolerant swedes and matching cultivar choice to
land type and stock class.
It starts at 1pm on Wednesday September 4.
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