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October News from TP Jones & Tas Ag Services


There is a huge opportunity to lift productivity and profitability of grazing systems under irrigation. Pasture utilisation of 1 T DM (3.3 DSE)/100mm rainfall/1 ml irrigation is an appropriate productivity benchmark for Tasmanian grazing systems, however this target is often not realised. Best practice can be as high as 1.5-2T DM (5-7 DSE) /100mm rainfall. With an expansion in irrigation into areas which cannot sustain continual cropping, maximising the profitability of the pasture phase will be critical to farm profitability.

The Longford Red Meat Group (LRMG) is a group of young, progressive red meat producers looking to lift their profitability by improving their pasture and grazing management skills to increase pasture production and utilisation. In 2016, the LRMG was successful in securing funding from Meat and Livestock Australia for a three year Producer Demonstration Site project which is being coordinated by Macquarie Franklin and supported by TP Jones.

The question the group wants to answer from this project is: "Under irrigation, what is the annual return from proactively managing feed using a rotational grazing system, compared to set stocking? And what is the difference in profitability of ryegrass and clover production systems over a 12 month period?"

The first year the trial was hosted by Andrew Archer at Chester, Westwood. A summary of the year 1 results are available by clicking here
The year 2 trial host is John Ramsay from Ratho at Bothwell. This trial is well underway, with the differennt treatments stocked with twin bearing ewes in the last week of August ready for lambing. Trial lambs were marked on 4th October, and the results are presented below:

Mobs going onto the rotational grazing treatments will start their rotations straight after marking, with additional ewes and lambs added to increase the grazing pressure, and maintain pasture quality up until weaning in early December.

A field day at the trial site is scheduled for Thursday 30th November - put the date in your calendar now as this will be a great opportunity to see the results first hand.

CMTP posts are now available in store in all standard sizes:
  • 65-95
  • 95-130
  • 130-150
  • 150-200
  • 200-250
Made from plantation pine all sourced from Tasmanian Forests, they are produced locally at their factory in Scottsdale. CMTP offer CCA (standard treatment process for posts) treated posts as well as Tanilith-e processed (a non-arsenic based process) posts. All posts come with a 20-year warranty against decay CMTP also offer pointed posts, pointed before treatment which eliminates any exposure to un treated wood.

When it comes to barley, new variety RGT Planet, has proven itself as a “multi-environmental fit” with a “wow” factor. RGT Planet is a high yielding spring barley which has a strong agronomic package - these qualities combined make it an economic option for growers. It has good disease resistance to mildew, rhincosporum, net blotch and brown rust. It also has good straw strength and reduced risk of lodging. A mid season type Barley, it is adaptable to early or late season finishes. Click here to read article on results on RGT Planet Barley

Speak to your local TP Jones or Tas Ag Services Rep for more information or to order.

The recent rains, although a bit light on in some areas, have helped in setting up a good spring and with some nice warm weather the grass is well and truly growing. The current focus is on assessing Seed Crops and Cereals for lock-up; cleaning up the last of the weeds, applying fertilizer and keeping an eye out for disease. As cereal crops reach the flag leaf emergence stage of development it is a good idea to apply an effective fungicide with multiple active ingredients to cover a broad spectrum of diseases.

Tissue testing can be advantageous around this time, so that any nutrient deficiencies can be rectified with a foliar inclusion with the fungicide spray.

If you are establishing new crops, such as Rape or Lucerne,a close eye should be kept on soil moisture and pests such as Red Legged Earth Mite and Lucerne Flea. These small insects can cause a great deal of damage in a short amount of time.

Poppies are growing well, but already we are feeling the pressure from Systemic Mildew in some growing areas. Each poppy company has a different approach to controlling this disease, so it is advisable to check with your Field Officer to develop a suitable program for protecting the new growth on your crop.

As a minimum fungicide program, growers should be applying Penncozeb and Sprayphos 620 at an interval of 7-10 days; especially were Systemic Mildew is present and the disease pressure is high.

It has been a wonderful planting season throughout the Northern Midlands with onions, potatoes and peas all going in on time and experiencing minimal delays.

It is a timely reminder that efficient, early weed control is a very useful tool; a good clean up before planting, or before your crop emerges, can reduce your overall weed pressure and help to minimize the cost of expensive selective herbicides used commonly during the life of the crop.

If you require assistance with weed control, or any aspect of paddock preparation, please contact your local TP Jones Agronomist.

To celebrate 45 years in the spraying industry, Croplands have put together a sales campaign offering some fantastic deals. As we are heading into the spraying season, now is the time to ensure that your equipment is in optimal condition. If replacement is required, here's the perfect opportunity to pick up new spraying equipment at a special price. Please click here to view full catalogue. For more details on any of the items or any other spraying equipment question please contact Rhiannon Robson rhiannon@tpjones.com.au or 6343 1666

When considering whether an individual or bulk "Worm Test' method is better for determining worm egg count (WEC), its important to keep in mind that either method is better than not testing at all.
TP Jones can conduct either by being supplied faeces collected from freshly deposited dung piles or from individual sheep.

  • Requires faeces from individually-deposited faecal piles to be collected into separate containers that are then analysed individually in the TP Jones laboratory
  • Typically 10 containers are provide the individual WEC of those 10 sheep and the average of the 10 WEC values

  • Requires faeces from individually-deposited faecal piles to be collected into a single bulk container which is then thoroughly mixed and then 4-5 sub samples are analysed in the TP Jones laboratory
  • Bulk Worm Tests require samples from 20-40 faecal piles. Collect the same amount per pile

Contact your local TP Jones or Tas Ag Representative to organise your worm test or obtain more information

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