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Beyond the Bale : March 2012
23 SELLING MORE WOOL 23 staple strength and maintain a fine micron to get a premium for his wool in Newcastle. He has a goal to achieve $1000 per hectare from his kikuyu with minimum supplementary feeding. Morgan says: “I like to give some mineral supplements and I also feed out oats and hay, but I run my kikuyu hard with a long term average of 15-20 DSE/ha on an average rainfall. When it is a wet year, that stocking rate may go up to 25 DSE/ha. This compares with our annual pastures at about 7 DSE/ha.” SUMMARY Morgan’s system has developed steadily over a period of nearly 20 years. He uses his kikuyu to provide the base level nutrition for his superfine Merinos and in doing so has taken advantage of one of the greatest assets of kikuyu: the ability to provide maintenance feed for a large proportion of the year. The kikuyu has increased the stocking rate on those paddocks dramatically. However, it has also helped to control serious degradation issues on the farm. Wind erosion on these paddocks has essentially been eliminated and the waterlogging that caused many problems has now become an asset due to the high waterlogging tolerance of kikuyu. Recharge into groundwater has also been substantially reduced due to the very deep root system kikuyu possesses and its high water use. More information: l Morgan Sounness, Tamgaree Pastoral Co Kikuyu, www.tamgaree-kikuyu.com.au, 08 9847 1057, email@example.com l EverGraze factsheet: “Growing and using Kikuyu in WA” (available in PDF on the EverGraze website www.evergraze.com.au). 23 ON-FARM March 2012 BEYOND THE BALE l DAFWA booklet “Evaluating Perennial Pastures. A case by case study of Perennial Pasture use in the South Coast Region of Western Australia (available in PDF on the DAFWA website www.agric.wa.gov.au). Woolgrower Morgan Sounness with a section of sandy earth dug from his property east of Albany, WA .