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Moby barley works for Blyth dairy
February 2014

Moby barley has been successfully used for grazing and forage production in the past three years on the dairy enterprise of ary Zwek, Blytgh, in the Mid North, South Australia. He first trialled Moby in 2011 and has used it in subsequent years with good results... more

Legume mix fixes nitrogen shortfall<

Queensland Country Life Outback arrives
at Bunya Creek
May 2013

It's the question in the back of every farmer's mind: 'How do I boost productivity and yield?' Bunya Creek Angus stud producer Donald Patch hopes he found an answer to the question for the coming winter months, by planting new variety of oats. more

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Legume mix fixes nitrogen shortfall<

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Legume mix fixes nitrogen shortfall
April 2013

A legume mix of Cavalier spineless burr medic and AgWest Bartolo bladder clover undersown to wheat has been designed to reduce nitrogen costs in the following canola cop on the property of Brad Claughton, Yallunda Flat, Eyre Peninula. more

Benefits of new awnless barley

Eyre Tribune
Benefits of new awnless barley
March 2013

A new strain of awnless forage barley has been developed in South Australia which, according to Rob Lawson, Balco's general manager, will offer multiple benefits for farmers and also has great export potential. more

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Ground Cover November December 2012

Ground Cover
SARDI & Seed Distributors in Partnership with Crop Publications
November/December 2012

A South Australian-based senior scientist has taken out the 2012 GRDC Southern Region Seed of Light Award for outstanding achievement in communication the findings of cereal variety research to the Australian grains industry... more

The Australian Dairyfarmer - October 2012

The Australian Dairyfarmer
Rebound millet an excellent grazing option at Tatura
October 2012

Rebound millet has provided an excellent grazing option for dairyfarmer Mick Kerrins, at Tatura, in northern Victoria. Mr Kerrins has used Rebound millet for the past three years and last season achieved four to five good grazings from the summer forage... more

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Western District Farmer - August 2012

Western District Farmer
Hay production from medic based pastures
August 2012

Jeff and Cheryl Roads have had great success with their planting of medic based pasture for their merino and hay making operation at Penshurst. The new variety of Cavalier Spineless Burr suits their operation very well... more

Stock Journal 19 April 2012

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Moby sails through
10 May 2012

A desire to increase production on the family farm led young Mid North farmer Andrew Hall down the path of traling Moby forage barley three years ago... more

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Stock Journal 19 April 2012

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Medics nourish Merinos
19 April 2012

Merinos are the focus of Brad Davey's sheep grazing and cropping property at Port Neill on the Eyre Peninsula and medics play and important tool in helping him get the best out of his livestock. Brad also uses cross-breds to make the most of opportunties as they arise... more

Ground Cover Jan-Feb 2012

Risk Management
Hay a profit-based risk tool
February 2012

A custom-built re-baling machine has tripled the productivity of a hay enterprise used for seasonal risk management, weed control and improving yield in a South Australian family's cropping program. The Schuster family in South Australia has produced hay as part of its grains-focused operation for more than 120 years... more

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Stock Journal 24 November 2011

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Sorghum a ripper feed in summer
19 January 2012

Summer cropping is an integral part of farming operations for Upper North farmer Ray Beyers. In this semi-marginal country, livestock enterprises are an important fallback option should crops fail and for Ray, growing sorghum in the summer months for a nutritional sheep feed... more

Stock Journal 24 November 2011

Stock Journal
Hardy triticale options
24 November 2011

Triticale is a hardy dual-purpose crop that performs well under tough conditions, and big gains are being made from new varieties, according to triticale specialist Kath Cooper. Dr Cooper and her partner Mike Elleway specialise in triticale seed production on their farm at Sherlock... more

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Stock Journal 10 November 2011

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Medic-based blends double benefits
10 November 2011

Choosing pastures that will add value to both his cropping and livestock enterprises is important to farmer and Glenville Merino stud principal Daryl Smith. He says rainfall on the family property between Cleve and Cowell on the Eyre Peninsula varies from 275 millimetres along the coast up to 425mm inland... more

Stock Journal 8 September 2011

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Lucerne pact boosts variety
8 September 2011

A partnership between a South Australian seed company and the New South Wales government will provide a new generation of highly productive lucerne varieties to farmers across Australia. The National Lucerne Alliance launched by the NSW Minister for Primary Industries... more

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Agriculture Today 1 September 2011

Agriculture Today
Lucerne breeding partnership
1 September 2011

NSW Primary Industries Minister, Katrina Hodgkinson, has announced a partnership between the NSW Government and a South Australian seed company, to provide a new generation of highly productive lucerne varieties to farmers around Australia... more

Stock Journal 11 August 2011

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Cattle relish Outback
11 August 2011

Outback oats proved to be a valuable addition at Jordan Zerk and family's Barossa Valley property the past season and was such a hit with his beef cattle that the new variety will have a long-term fit in the family's pasture rotation. The crop provided an efficient 'break' to clean-up problem weeds... more

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Australian Dairyfarmer March April 2011

Australian Dairyfarmer
Forage wheat option impresses
March April 2011

A forage wheat option performed well last season on the property of Craig and Teresa Hanrahan, Hillsides, in the East Gippsland region of Victoria. Mr Hanrahan said he planted Wrangler wheat last season in preference to ryegrass option because itcould be sewn earlier... more

Australian Dairyfarmer March April 2011

Australian Dairyfarmer
Outback oats perform well for Swan Reach dairy
March April 2011

Ryegrass-based pasture good in wet
March April 2011

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Stock Journal 17 February 2011

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Winter mix to deliver better feed
17 February 2011

A blend of ryegrass, clover and medic has proved a successful dryland and irrigated pasture option for Wistow dairyfarmer David Pitt. David seeded SowSmart Winter Express last year after experimenting with the blend the previous year. It is a mix of Tetrone and Abundant annual Italian ryegrasses, turbo Persian... more

Stock Journal 31 March 2011

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Top Draft Awards
31 March 2011

Seed Distributors research arm Pasture Genetics had returned the top draft award at the Adelaide Markets this week. The 14 Poll Hereford Steers where utilized in the Seed Distributors Lucerne Weight gain trials at Penfield Research Station. The animal where fed solely on Lucerne forage, the Draft results show... more

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Stock Journal 3 February 2011

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Medic switch proves top option on EP
3 February 2011

A switch to medic pastures has proved beneficial for Dave and Steph Woolford's cropping enterprise at Clearview, Kimba, on the Eyre Peninsula. After a decade away from sheep, Dave decided to introduce them back into his cropping rotation in 2009, and change from growing grain legumes to medic pastures... more

The Gippsland Farmer December 2010

The Gippsland Farmer
Millet used to back-up traditional silage options
December 2010

A millet summer crop provided back-up silage to traditional pasture on the property of Leigh Roberts, at Binginwarri, in the Gippsland region of Victoria. Mr Roberts said he planted Rebound millet for silage at a time of year when he knew how much forage had been made from annual ryegrass... more

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Stock Journal 9 December 2010

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Seed Distributors boosts export orders
9 December 2010

South Australian based seed company Seed Distributors is looking to fill the void left by Keith Seeds in the international lucerne seed market by significantly expanding its own export volumes. General manager Rob Damin said the collapse of the major exporter... more

Stock Journal 2 December 2010

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Dairy Benefits from Subzero
2 December 2010

After three years of drought and limited access to irrigation water, Cadell Training Centre wanted a new feed opportunity for their dairy. And it has found one - Subzero forage brassica, an excellent grazing alternative for dairy cows at the Riverland based centre... more

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Stock Journal 18 November 2010

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Ryegrass Boosts farm productivity
Italian Ryegrass

18 November 2010

Koppio Hills farmer Phil Docking wanted to lift the productivity of his farm by increasing the area cropped and better integrating livestock into the cropping enterprise, without cutting back area sown. Phil is a fourth generation farmer in the area, managing for his parents... more

Stock Journal 23 September 2010

Stock Journal
EP Pasture Performers - Tetrone Ryegrass
23 September 2010

The challenge facing Ken and Ingrid Bascomb, Mount Wedge Eyer Peninsula and their family is multi-faceted - to make best productive use of their available resources, to make a profit, and do it all in a sustainable manner. Tof the Bascomb family, growing alternative pastures which best match their livestock... more

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Stock Journal 29 July 2010

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Winter Lucerne Fast-Tracks Beef
29 July 2010

Using Goldstrike ML99 Multileaf highly winter active lucerne helps Fleurieu Peninsula farmer Grant Blackwell get his milk-teeth calves into Strathalbyn market at the right time. Grant runs a beef cattle and cropping enterprise at Milang. He has run dairy crosses for 30 years... more

Stock Journal 5 August 2010

Stock Journal
Medic Pasture Checks Erosion
5 August 2010

Medic pasture has proven to be an excellent option in rotation with crops from Maitland farmer Dean Thomas. It has helped improve erosion issues and keep input costs in check. He uses medics through much of his property because they suit the alkaline soil type and also provide good grazing options... more

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The Land 17 June 2010

The Land
Multileaf ML99 Lucerne Offers
Excellent Hay Options

17 June 2010

A new bundling machine in lifting profits for the Hawkins family's haymaking business on the banks of the Peel River at Dungowan near Tamworth. Steve Hawkins says they have achieved big savings, particularly in labour, since buying a Canadian-built Bale Baron, a machine that entwines 21 small square bales into a pack.. more

Stock Journal 17 June 2010

Stock Journal
$2400/ha Hay Cashflow
17 June 2010

Growing lucerne between vines can give irrigators a profit of up to $2400 a hectare, according to Barmera grower Joe Gropler. Joe started growing 20 hectares of lucerne in-between his vines and cherry trees five years ago after losing 20 tonnes of fruit from heat stress... more

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The Weekly Times 9 June 2010

The Weekly Times
Turbo Persian Clover
Makes the Grade

9 June 2010

Giving customers what they want - not what you think they want - is a golden rule for Goulburn Valley fodder producer, Fraser Pogue. Originally from a mixed farm at Toolamba, Fraser's family built a dairy on their property and milked cows for 20 years. After the land was identified as part of the route for the Shepparton byepass, the Pogues sold the dairy portion and switched to lucerne production.... more

Stock Journal 1 April 2010

Stock Journal
Top Draft Awards
1 April 2010

Seed Distributors research arm Pasture Genetics had returned the top draft award at the Adelaide Markets this week. The 14 Angus Steers where utilized in the Seed Distributors Lucerne Weight gain trials at Penfield Research Station. The animal where fed solely on Lucerne forage, the Draft results show once again the actual full benefit that can be rewarded to livestock conditioning with high performing Lucerne products. The trial had shown that Multileaf ML99 had returned the highest live weight gain results with an average of 1.3kg LWG per day over the 18 week trial period. More results on the Publications tab on this website.

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The Land 20 May 2010

The Land
Cattle Bulking Up
20 May 2010

Bulking up: Results from a liveweight gain trial held at Penfield, near Adelaide, have shown cattle can put on as much as 1.3 kilograms a day with certain lucernevarieties. The 18-week trial showed Multileaf ML99 lucerne gave an average gain of 1.3kg/day, followed by L91 at 1.1kg/day and L56 at 0.9kg/day.... more

Stock Journal 3 June 2010

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FarmReady grant gets Young Guns fired-up – Seed Distributors Research plant Pasture Demonstration trial.
3 June 2010

Young farmers are set to benefit from a $61,333 federal grant aimed at tackling climate change in the Mid North. Funding for the FarmReady Industry Grant was announced late last month and will go towards a project run by Mid North Young Guns Group.... more

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Stock Journal 8 April 2010

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New Rhizobia Record
Boosts Seed, Soil Mix

8 April 2010

Australian company Seed Distributors has claimed a new industry achievement by keeping microscopic rhizobia inoculant alive for a 12 month period under normal storage conditions on treated seed. The rhizobia innoculant is placed on the seed at the processing plant to assist the plant nodulate early in its life cycle.... more

Stock Journal 29 April 2010

Stock Journal
ML99 Lucerne Leads Meat Grains
29 April 2010

Results from a liveweight gain trial held at Penfield, near Adelaide, have shown that cattlecan put on up to 1.3 kilograms a day with certain lucerne varieties. The 18 week trial showed Multileaf ML99 lucerne gave an average gain of 1.3kg/day, followed by L91 at 1.1kg/day and L56 at 0.9kg/day.... more

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Stock Journal 25 March 2010

Stock Journal
New Forage Barley Crop Yields Well
25 March 2010

A new forage barley variety has been given the tick of approval by Riverton farmer Ross Kemp, who grew eight hectares of the white seed last season. Ross planted the feed barley known as Moby on June 6, 2009, into a paddock that had contained pasture for the previous three seasons.... more

Stock Journal 23 April 2009

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HARVEST 2009
23 April 2009

New Moby has more growth. A new forage barley variety is producing up to 25 percent more early bulk than existing varieties in trials this year Moby, which will be available for limited commercial release in 2010, ia an early-vigour, awnless variety which has been bred with about 30pc lower lignin content for greater digestibility.... more

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Rural Business February 2010

Rural Business
Seed Varieties & Seed Treatment
February 2010

A new winter active lucerne will be released onto the Australian market in 2010 as a replacement for the popular L90 variety. The new L91 Lucerne variety was bred by Pasture Genetics, the research arm of Seed Distributors, and is specifically designed for low and medium rainfall areas.... more

Stock Journal 23 April 2009

Stock Journal
Seed Industry Opportunities
23 April 2009

Opportunity Abounds for Seed Industry in South Australia . What makes regional SA a good place to do business? For Seed Distributors, SA is the ideal location for a national seed company. Firstly, SA is the hub of most of Australia's legume and cereal production, with areas like the South East for lucerne and clover production and Yorke Peninsula... more

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Stock Journal 9 April 2009

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MyTake
9 April 2009

Tetrone annual italian ryegrass is a good option that controls Wimmera ryegrass without use of in-crop chemicals. It provides this as well as a high quality hay source. With good early growth, farmers should utilise this early production with grazing, then lock-up the paddock for hay. The italian ryegrass Tetrone in the mis which has been a proven performer in pasture trials... more

Stock Journal 5 March 2009

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Tetrone Ryegrass
5 March 2009

Tetrone Ryegrass 'bulks-up' lucerne. Ryegrass is being used to bulk-up old lucerne stands on the Karwin Field property of Michael Crouch, Meningie. Mr Crouch has used Tetrone Ryegrass over the past two years as a way to rejuvenate the older lucerne stands and provide valuable grazing and hay options through the season... more

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Stock Journal 5 March 2009

Stock Journal
MyTake
5 March 2009

Many thousands of hectares are planted down to different pasture blends each year. It is very important to get the correct agronomic advice on which species to plant to match your actual forage requirements. The use of high performing pasture species enables better returns a hectare for the farmer... more

Stock Journal October 2008

Stock Journal
Seed Distributors Operations
October 2008

Part 1

Seed Shed to drive the business forward. Seed Distributors' shed at Penfield, near Virginia, is home to the largest pasture legume seed treatment facility in Australia, and has been crucial to the growth of the business. Sales and marketing manager Adam Davies said there has been rapid expansion of the company in the past few years... more

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Stock Journal October 2008

Stock Journal
Seed Distributors Operations
October 2008

Part 2

Australian Dairyfarmer October 2008

Australian Dairyfarmer
L56 and ML99 Lucerne
October 2008

High Yields from lucerne. Yields of about 20 tonnes a hectare through a mix of silage and grazing has been achieved from lucerne by Girgarre, Vic, dairyfarmer Neil Maudsley. Mr Maudsley has had two paddocks of lucerne in for the past four years and a subsequent paddock for... more

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Australian Dairyfarmer October 2008

Australian Dairyfarmer
Zulu Sorghum
October 2008

Forage sorghum ideal option. A crop of forage sorghum provided an excellent feed option for Tatura, Victoria, dairyfarmer Matt Napolitano last season. Mr Napolitano was looking for an alternative to buying hay during the summer and planted the Seed Distributors Zulu 2 in and it came up so quickly... more

Stock Journal 30 October 2008

Stock Journal
Caliph Medic - Good Cropping
30 October 2008

Good cropping calls for the medic touch. Medic pastures give Narridy's Michael Kelly flexibility in his farming program and valuable nitrogen input for his soils. He says "not having all your eggs in one basket" is the key to keeping the farm going, particularly with the run of challenging seasons... more

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Stock Journal 9 October 2008

Stock Journal
Cavalier Medic Review
9 October 2008

Medics' $1500 Input Saving. Input savings of up to $1500 a paddock have been achieved at Neville Kernich's Freeling farm through the use of Cavalier and Silver Snail Medic. This is based on a saving of $50 a hectare... more

Stock Journal 11 September 2008

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L56 Lucerne in Sub Surface irrigation
11 September 2008

Sub-surface Drip Irrigation Boost. The addition of sub-surface drip irrigation on the property of Brett Dixon at Merrigum, Goulburn Valley, Victoria has provided increased yield and savings in water and time. Mr Dixon installed the 24 hectares of Netafirm sub-surface irrigation... more

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Stock Journal 26 June 2008

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L56 Lucerne - Girgarre VIC
26 June 2008

High yields from lucerne crop. Through a combination of silage and grazing, lucerne yields of about 20 tonnes a hectare are being achieved by dairyfarmer Neil Maudsley. On his Girgarre property in northern Victoria, Mr Maudsley has had two paddocks of lucerne... more

Stock Journal 20 September 2007

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Multi-Leaf Lucerne -
Langhorne Creek SA

20 September 2007

Stimulating organisms boost hay. Contractor and part-time hay producer Peter Silver decided to incorporate a heavy layer of Humus Plus 4 in his fertiliser application this season to retain moisture in his lucerne crop... more

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The Land Agribusiness 27 October 2005

The Land - Agribusiness
Lucerne - Seed Distributors
27 October 2005

SA secures lucerne coup. A South Australian company is set to become the nation's largest marketer of lucerne seed with the purchase of Pioneer Hi-Bred Australia's lucerne breeding program in a deal reportedly worth more than $4 million. General manager of Adelaide based Seed Distributors... more

Stock Journal 1 December 2005

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Rufus Triticale - Sherlock SA
1 December 2005

Flexible Rufus boasts big rewards. Graingrowers are set to reap the rewards of a range of options - regardless of seasonal outcomes - from a new triticale variety. Former University of Adelaide triticale breeder Dr Kath Cooper says the variety... more

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Stock Journal 25 August 2005

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Rebound Millet - Cadell SA
25 August 2005

Millet meets feed challenge. High yielding fodder crops have helped the expansion of an intensive South Australian dairy. Tough seasonal conditions provide a challenge to year-round production at Cadell Prison Farm, 180 kilometres north east of Adelaide... more

Stock Journal 17 March 2005

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ML99 Lucerne - Langhorne Creek SA
17 march 2005

New lucerne variety has wet, dry potential. New multileaf lucerne variety Generation has performed well in trials, including a small first-time plot on champion South Australian hay grower Peter Silver's langhorne Creek property... more

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Naracoorte Herald 24 March 2005

Naracoorte Herald
Field Day Success
24 March 2005

27th Annual South East Field Days. Seed firm 'best exhibitor'. Seed Distributors will shoot for a trifecta of "best exhibitor" awards when it heads for the Warragul field days in a fortnight. The Adelaide-based national company won the "Naracoorte Herald" best exhibitor title at the SE Field Days... more

Stock Journal 28 October 2004

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Seed Production Meeting SA
28 October 2004

Seed Distributors share know how. A Seed Distributors workshop at Wingfield recently gave croppers a valuable chance to learn more about new seed varieties. Pristine Forage Technologies' Andrew Lake spoke about pastoral opportunities... more

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Stock Journal 3 June 2004

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Cavalier Medic - Freeling SA
3 June 2004

Cavalier approach at Freeling. Freeling North producer Neville Kernich's willingness to try new projects has given him plenty of recent farming success. Last season, Neville became the first farmer to grow seed of the new spineless burr medic Cavalier... more

Stock Journal 11 December 2003

Stock Journal
Cavalier Medic & Speedee Triticale
11 December 2003

Cavalier set for next year. Medic growers will be able to buy the new Cavalier medic - high in dry matter and hay production - next season. Seed Distributor's Rob Damin said Cavalier pushes the boundaries and was certainly an improvement from Santiago... more

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Stock Journal 4 December 2003

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ML99 Lucerne - Mintaro SA
4 December 2003

More leaflets lift profit in new lucerne. A lucerne plant with up to 12 leaflets per leaf, instead of usual three, may be hard to imagine. But a new variety of lucerne has been developed that features 40 percent more leaflets than conventional trifoliate lucerne... more

Forages blend brings top options

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Forages blend brings top options
May 2013

A blend of grasses and legumes has given good grazing options through much of the year at Tyson Mickan’s Yallunda Flat farm on the lower Eyre Peninsula. The blend of Australis phalaris, Ambassador cocksfoot, Balance chicory and Frontier Balansa clover was first sown in late May, 2011, and produced excellent feed through the spring.. more

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