Colin is always looking for ways to create efficiencies and increase production of fodder, the Fodder crops include, Corn, Lucerne and cereals. Careful planning and management of these crops is critical to the success of their business. We’ve found the Speedtiller by K-Line Ag to be a really great machine. It leaves the paddock very level, often it’s only one pass and it’s a prepared seedbed. The Speedtiller is a great machine for doing a very fine and level till. The Speedtiller certainly reduces the time it takes to prepare a paddock and we can convert a stubble paddock into a Lucerne field in very quick time. They are an exceptionally well-built machine, an ideal machine for a very fast and level cultivation,” said Colin.
“Lucerne is one of our main feeds. We harvest Lucerne as silage for the early parts of the season then through the summer months we cut hay. We often sell a lot of that hay because we grow a surplus of feed. This helps us guarantee we have a surplus of feed during dry times, which has been critical in recent years. Our other main crop is corn. We grow corn over the Summer which is harvested for silage and stored in concrete bunkers. This is one of our main forages for the cows. The other crops we grow are cereals (Wheat and Barley) that can be either cut for hay, cut for Silage or we take them through for grain,” commented Colin.
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FAST FACTS • COLIN & ERINA THOMPSON • COWRA, CENTRAL WEST NSW • 320 COWS MILKED, 3 TIMES PER DAY • SELF REPLACING HERD • FODDER CROPS – CORN, LUCERNE, CEREALS
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