GRAZING OPPORTUNITY... Cam Nicholson was the project coordinator for Grain and Graze, which investigated the grazing opportunities the previous season’s stubble can provide for livestock. Cam is pictured at his Bellarine Peninsula, Victoria, property, with sheep grazing on wheat stubble. GRAZING OPPORTUNITY... Cam Nicholson was the project coordinator for Grain and Graze, which investigated the grazing opportunities the previous season’s stubble can provide for livestock. Cam is pictured at his Bellarine Peninsula, Victoria, property, with sheep grazing on wheat stubble. PHOTO: Lydia Nicholson

This year’s stubbles next year’s grazing

STUBBLES from season 2017-18’s crops could provide a worthwhile grazing opportunity in parts of the southern cropping region hit by recent heavy rains, storms and frost.

A major collaborative research program shows winter crop stubbles containing residual grain, and green shoots from shot grain and weeds, can provide a valuable source of feed for livestock.

The Grain and Graze initiative, a Grains Re­search and Development Corporation joint investment, has demonstrated animal weight is directly linked to the amount of grain and green materials in stubble, assuming there is no supplementary feeding.

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