At Rockley we are always open to opportunities to improve on quality. We see this as key in our commitment to providing elite red Brahmans. We’ve recently acquired new land that we are already putting to work in order to benefit our customers as well as our business. Our goal is to improve the land, grow its capacity and increase the quality of our animals.
In May this year, we were able to acquire new land adjoining our Ungarra property as part of the sale of Warrenlea. It was a tremendous opportunity to add value to our business, with the additional bonus of being right next door.
The new land has an area of 485 hectares, of which 323 hectares were previously cultivated. 100mm of beautiful soaking rain in July (believe it or not!) meant we could start work without delay. Our strategy is to fence the paddock in half, plant half now to a forage sorghum and plant the other half with leucaena in 2017 after the summer heat.
The benefits of forage sorghum include its high biomass production, wide planting window, long growing season, its suitability to a range of soil types and the fact that it can be grazed at high stocking rates. The more animals we run, the more we can improve the quality of those we keep for breeding and those we pass on to our customers.
Leucaena is a tropical shrub legume that produces high quality forage in large amounts. Most productive during the warmer and wetter (summer) months, it enables high animal growth of more than 1kg per head per day over 6 to 9 months.
So far, we’ve had a chisel plough and multidisc run over the country and are preparing to fertilise the forage half ahead of planting after our next rain event. The leucaena half will be deep ripped along the rows before planting in twin rows early next year.
We’ll keep you updated with photos as our plans progress. And let’s hope this fabulous wet winter continues for us all!
To find out more, please contact me (Ashley) on 0408 780 810.