Summer grazing options

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Research organisaton

Trial details

Researcher(s) Fiona Bradshaw
Daniel Real
Chloe Turner
Year(s) 2016
Contributor Facey Group
Trial location(s) Wickepin, WA
Summer grazing options locations

To provide farmers in the Facey Group grower region with new options for sustainable grazing and summer pasture species. Growers have identified the need for drought tolerant summer grazing options rather than traditional options more suited to higher rainfall zones. This trial aims to compare tedera to the more commonly used annual pasture species – annual ryegrass, serradella and subterranean clover to fill the summer and autumn feed gap.

Key messages

Tedera did not have enough biomass to take in any of the two samples in August and November, which was due to frost damage.Balansa and Serradella produced the same amount of biomass, and both were more productive than ryegrass. However, it was observed that ryegrass was severely grazed by kangaroos, so samples were not reflective of what the true biomass would normally be.

Lead research organisation Facey Group
Host research organisation N/A
Related program N/A

Gary Lang for providing the trial site; Ballard Seeds for supply of balansa, ryegrass and serradella seeds; DAFWA/MLA for tedera seeds; Living Farm for setting up the trial.

Other trial partners Not specified
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Crop types Weed: Ryegrass Pasture: Mixed species
Treatment type(s)
  • Crop: Type
  • Grazing
Trial type Experimental
Trial design Replicated

Wickepin 2016 Ryegrass

Sow rate or Target density Balansa 5kg/ha + Alosca Grp C 10kg/ha Margurita Serradella 10kg/ha + Alosca Grp GS 10kg/ha Maximus Ryegrass 20kg/ha Tedera 14 Kg/ha inoculated with WSM 4083 strain
Sow date 14 April 2016
Harvest date Not specified
Plot size 2m x 10m
Plot replication 4

6th July – Broadstrike 25 g/ha

Wickepin 2016 Mixed species

Sow rate or Target density Not specified
Sow date Not specified
Harvest date Not specified
Plot size Not specified
Plot replication Not specified
Herbicide Not specified
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Trial source data and summary not available
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Observed trial site soil information
Trial site soil testing
Not specified
Soil conditions
Trial site Soil texture
Wickepin, WA Not specified
Derived trial site soil information
Australian Soil Classification Source: ASRIS
Trial site Soil order
Wickepin, WA Sodosol
Soil Moisture Source: BOM/ANU
Average amount of water stored in the soil profile during the year, estimated by the OzWALD model-data fusion system.
Year Wickepin WA
2016 191.8mm
2015 198.9mm
2014 185.0mm
2013 210.2mm
2012 222.9mm
2011 187.3mm
2010 176.5mm
2009 187.7mm
2008 169.3mm
2007 158.8mm
2006 223.1mm
2005 217.7mm
2004 180.7mm
2003 225.4mm
2002 195.5mm
2001 209.8mm
2000 273.0mm
National soil grid Source: CSIRO/TERN
NOTE: National Soil Grid data is aggregated information for background information on the wider area
Actual soil values can vary significantly in a small area and the trial soil tests are the most relevant data where available

Soil properties



Derived climate information

No observed climate data available for this trial.
Derived climate data is determined from trial site location and national weather sources.

Wickepin WA


Some data on this site is sourced from the Bureau of Meteorology

SILO weather estimates sourced from
Jeffrey, S.J., Carter, J.O., Moodie, K.B. and Beswick, A.R. (2001). Using spatial interpolation to construct a comprehensive archive of Australian climate data , Environmental Modelling and Software, Vol 16/4, pp 309-330. DOI: 10.1016/S1364-8152(01)00008-1.

Trial report and links

2016 trial report

Trial last modified: 22-05-2023 11:29am AEST