P is for power plantain

7 December 2013

The letter "P" takes centre stage on Monday at the Whangara Farms field day and it's a capital letter - Persistence, Pasture, Performance - Plantain.

Beef and Lamb New Zealand extension manager Mark Harris is expecting a good turnout for the afternoon event at the demonstration farm.  It starts at 1pm in the B5 Woolshed on SH35 at Whangara, and runs till 5pm, with a barbecue to follow.  "Farmlands and Silver Fern Farms have supported the day, and our thanks to them," Mr Harris said.

AgResearch scientist Tom Fraser will outline the latest data from the plantain pasture trials on the property, and the results from the station's ewe hogget programme this season.  "There will be a tour of the trial blocks so bring a 4 x 4 vehicle, and if you bring a quad bike we encourage riders to wear a helmet."

Mr Fraser said they would discuss the persistence and performance of introduced pasture species in steep hill country, along with feed levels during lactation.  "We will look at plantain and legumes to improve lactation performance for hoggets and pasture persistence evaluations.  "A range of new grass pastures will be looked at for production and persistence and we'll have Agriseeds evaluations."

For more details contact Tom at  tom.fraser@agresearch.co.nz or Mark at  mark.harris@beeflambnz.com for catering purposes.