Researcher field day at RADE

This week the Dryland Pastures Group hosted researchers from across campus at the Regenerative Agriculture Dryland Experiment (RADE).

This farmlet is now fully stocked with Bohepe ewes and lambs. The summer dry is starting to show with some pasture becoming water stressed but our first draft of lambs have gone so stocking rate will decline over the next few weeks – as it does on many east coast farms.

The Open Day was to explain the farmlets to other researchers to encourage them to get involved in component work that adds to the overall picture. To date the high and low P pastures are providing equal quantities of feed and the lucerne is happily growing as well in an Olsen P and 10 versus 20. The farmlet is set to run for five years, which will ensure we can pick up any differences as they develop.