Peter Wilkins - The Scientist Who Bred the Aber High Sugar Grasses YouTube Video
Mavis the 'Stingy Jersey' - Funny YouTube video Aber HSGs
Our Cattle Ate It Into the Ground
We renovated a big 7 acre paddock in the Spring and then over-seeded some light spots in September. We had a very wet and cold Spring, all the way through May, so we didn't get the early jump as we had hoped. The hay we made was of excellent quality, and we kept the Beef Bank hay separate so we knew when we fed it. The cattle ate it in to the ground! They definitely knew the difference and were very picky when given the choice between the Beef Bank and hay from other cool season grasses. I would not hesitate to plant more or experiment with other SucraSEED products.
I will send more pictures when I get the feeders on the rotation.
Sedro Woolley, WA
We are SOLD on this grass seed! August 27, 2010
I wish I had taken pictures of my new pastures 2 weeks ago. We just took off the second hay crop from those fields and they were BEAUTIFUL...Even my neighbors were stopping to say 'Your hay sure looks good'. Big tall grasses with tons and tons of big heads of clover with huge leaves. It was a very pretty sight. Went across the fields with the water and just turned the cows into one of the fields yesterday. They're in 'hog heaven!'. So full they won't even go to water...they go drink out of the sprinklers!!! Big lazy fatsos!
I have one more field to do this next spring at the home place and one more at my other place, then we'll have SucraSEED Beef totally on both places. I'll send some pictures of the big fat cows and calves. We are SOLD on this grass seed!
Judy - Milton Freewater, OR
Breeding For Persistance - Not Just Dry Matter
The lack of persistance seen in some new ryegrass cultivars is the result of an over emphasis on drymatter yield in their breeding. "Farmers are saying the new grasses don't last like the old varieties and I agree that it appears some seed companies have tried to further increase drymatter yield for a marketing edge but have not managed to retain persistency traits," says David Kerr of Germinal Holdings NZ Ltd. Mr. Kerr said the Aber High Sugar Grasses have proven to be reliable and are the result of a 30 year programme where the focus is on herbage quality, drymatter yield and high levels of persistency.
He recently visited a sheep and beef farm where AberDart (used in SucraSEED) is seven years old and despite the climate, kikuyu and insect challenges the HSG pastures have grown strongly through a third consecutive drought. Mr. Kerr said the HSG's dense roots and numerous tillers were the product of breeding for persistency against frost, heat, drought, UV light, numerous fungal, viral and bacterial pathogens, a wide range of invertebrate pests and hard grazing.
HSGs Where The Ground Freezes And The Hills Rise 600-1,000 meters Above Sea Level
It can blow from every direction and we can still miss the rain. The ground freezes in winter and the hills rise from 600 metres to 1,000 metres above sea level. There is a real determination to improve pastures. Different ryegrass cultivars have been tried for more intensive grazing and so far the HSGs with clover initially sown into the 10ha paddock is showing the most promise. We had 330 small lambs on the HSGs after weaning and then calves again three weeks later and they had all blown out incredibly. The lambs went in at 18-22kgs and eight weeks later we took the tops out of them at 36kgs, so they did put on incredible growth and almost caught up with the middle mob. If you can finish them on grass and don't need to feed them on a short-term forage crop then that's a real cost saving.
Robert Hobson, Nimrod Farms NZ
Ewe hoggets recently sold at live-weights above 48kg after averaging an increase of 5kg in just 12 days on HSGs with clover - a growth rate equivalent to 400 gms a day that matches the best expected of lambs on any farm.
'That's after the worst winter we have seen here. We had snow over the top of fences. Some may think we are not capable of growing heavyweight lambs up here but we are doing it. A further bonus in HSG pasture is its dense growth crowding out thistle and browntop grass regrowth.'
David Schrader, Annett Grain and Seed Consultant
In Spring (late April) 2008 we planted 15 acres of SucraSEED Beef Bank on a south-east facing slope, with heavy clay soils. Prior to this we had raised and finished our beef, Angus crosses, on a mix of Fescue, Orchardgrass, Reed Canarygrass, and Italian Ryegrass pastures.
In Late August of 2008 we moved a group of 12 steers - weighing an average of 320 lbs - onto this new seeding. Using a monthly weighing of these animals, by early September we noticed that we were achieving ADG's of between 2.28 - 3.0 lbs per animal per day. On the previous mixture we had seldom 'topped' 2.22 - 2.25 lbs. The impressive gains of our beef steers on the SucraSEED mix convinced us to go ahead and plant more of this for the 2009 season. Over the next two seasons we will extend these grazing/hay plantings of Beef Bank to an extra 100 acres. In addition we have started using Pasture Sweet'ner in our old pastures, and although measurements have not yet started since they were only added in June 2009, we have 'Visually' noticed a thickening of the original stands.
Without a doubt I'd highly recommend the SucraSEED Beef Bank for beef producers, especially those focused on being Grass Farmers first and Cattle Farmers second. High daily gains are crucial for the success of any commercial beef operation and Beef Bank meet these needs admirably.
Marco Turco PhD
Manzini Farm, LLC
October 28, 2009
THIS GRASS DRAWS ANIMALS LIKE A MAGNET!
Rob M. - Roy, WA
Impressive Root System
HSGs Survive 3 Harsh Winters Michigan's Upper Penninsula
AberDart HSG has survived for three years now in the upper peninsula of Michigan! It appears that the key to winter survival is to maintain a minimum of 3 inches of stubble heading into winter and then make sure to wait a little while after Spring growth begins before grazing. It seems that the HSG varieties are one of the first grasses to start growing and as a result people turn the animals in to graze before the plant has been able to restore the carbs consumed over the winter.
"I rated the High Sugar Ryegrass stands today and looks pretty good. I was surprised to see these High Sugar Perennial Ryegrasses survived the third winter here in the UP. Amazing!"
Dr. Doo-Hong Min
Michigan State University