Con­test will find where the grass is green­est

Matamata Chronicle - - Rural Delivery -

En­tries are open for a com­pe­ti­tion look­ing for the best dairy pas­ture in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty.

The Pas­ture Re­newal Per­sis­tence Com­pe­ti­tion, run by the DairyNZ-led Pas­ture Re­newal Lead­er­ship Group, is in its third year.

Com­pe­ti­tion or­gan­iser and DairyNZ farm sys­tems spe­cial­ist, Chris Glassey said good weather last au­tumn had raised ex­pec­ta­tions for the qual­ity of this year’s en­tries.

‘‘We ex­pect that with more favourable weather con­di­tions there will be more suc­cess sto­ries and we’re look­ing for­ward to hear­ing some of those sto­ries through this com­pe­ti­tion,” Mr Glassey said.

Farm­ers can en­ter in two cat­e­gories; best first year pas­ture sown this year and best pas­ture sown more than three years ago.

Up for grabs are two $1000 pas­ture seed and her­bi­cide pack­ages.

‘‘This is part of the Pas­ture Re­newal Lead­er­ships Group’s role of en­sur­ing that farm­ers re­ceive con­sis­tent, timely mes­sages on pas­ture per­sis­tence and re­newal from throughout the in­dus­try,’’ Mr Glassey said.

Judg­ing will in­volve a short in­ter­view about the soil fer­til­ity and the pad­dock’s his­tory be­fore and since re-sow­ing. Man­age­ment prac­tices such as graz­ing man­age­ment, en­do­phyte se­lec­tion, weed con­trol, and ni­tro­gen us­age will be dis­cussed.

‘‘We will also be look­ing for any other in­for­ma­tion that will help build a pic­ture of the best man­age­ment prac­tice re­quired for per­sis­tence of re­newed pas­tures in this en­vi­ron­ment,’’ Mr Glassey said.

Win­ners’ field days will be held in early De­cem­ber.

“The win­ners from the last two sea­sons have high­lighted that their good pas­tures are far from a fluke but in­stead the re­sult of hard work and plan­ning.”

Prizes have been pro­vided by Gavins Ltd, Agriseeds and Agri­com.

En­tries are open un­til Oc­to­ber 26 with judg­ing held dur­ing Novem­ber.

More: 0800 4 DAIRYNZ (0800 4324 7969) or reg­is­ter on­line at pas­turere­newal­com­pe­ti­tion.

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