The MacKillop Farm Management Group is pleased to be involved in a new MLA funded project “Seed Free Lamb”. Over the next 3 years we will be working closely with growers from the Sherwood PMS group to roll out this project.
We are also looking for involvement from other interested producers from across the Upper SE region.
The project aims to assess the benefits of using alternative grass forage species and newer Clearfield technologies to provide high quality fodder that will finish lambs in a grass-seed free environment.
It involves some smaller scale plot trials in 2016 that will then be expanded out to larger-scale paddock demonstrations in 2017 and 2018. An assessment of the current herbicide resistance status of some problem grass-seed weeds will also be undertaken.
The project will work with the PIRSA enhanced abattoir surveillance system to allow improved producer feedback around the issue, and will also allow for opportunities to work with processors around the grass seeds issue across the region.
Sherwood producer Rodney Bartlett who has been involved with the development of the project says:
“I currently lamb early so that I can finish the majority of the lambs before the grass seeds become a problem. This practice requires a lot of supplementary feeding and is a very expensive exercise. I am really keen to participate in this demonstration programme, and I am hoping that the outcomes will give me the confidence to lamb later, graze the clean (seed free) lucerne pasture for longer and then be able to place my lambs on the stubbles without getting penalised for seeds at slaughter”.