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MLA Producer Demonstration Site

Updated 06/09/22

ASHEEP pitched a Pasture Variety Trials project in Meat and Livestock Australia's (MLA) 2019 round of funding for producer demonstration sites. The project was accepted and results are available for the first two years of trials, with reporting delivered by South East Agronomy Research who have been managing the trial sites.

The project will run over a five year period, comparing different varieties of pasture (annuals and perennials) across a range of soil types. In the first two years of the project (2020 & 2021) we ran plot scale trials at six sites with around 15 varieties at each. In 2022 - 2024 we then progress to commercial scale demonstration sites, following farmers who are using the varieties demonstrated in the plot trials.

By identifying the most suitable varieties for the environment we aim to enable producers to identify opportunities to increase productivity.


Site visit at Grass Patch, 19th August 2020.

Sites have been selected to cover a range of soil types and rainfall zones, as well as having good access to visit for field days. Project updates will be posted periodically via the blog updates below.

ASHEEP acknowledges South East Agronomy Research who worked on the plot trials in 2020 & 2021, and South Coastal Agencies who are collecting and managing results from the commercial scale sites from 2022 onwards. We also thank Theo Oorschot (Esperance Rural Supplies) for supporting the project with pasture agronomy expertise, particularly through sharing knowledge and advice at project field days.

Contact ASHEEP if you would like more information on this project. ASHEEP members will be provided with regular updates, visit our membership page if you would like to consider joining. The sites will also be showcased at field days.

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