Regional legume map

National database of pasture production

The 3 key achievements of this research to date:

  1. The creation of the framework for collecting and managing pasture growth rate and yield data from historical, current, and future pasture experiments and alignment with other databases (e.g. S-map) and farm consulting programmes, e.g. Farmax/Forage Forecaster.
  2. Funding from a third party (TR Ellet Trust) has been received to develop the AgYields national database for open access by farmers, consultants, students, and researchers.
  3. The AgYields national database has been deployed for initial testing by potential users before it is promoted.

Legume map

The 3 key achievements of this research to date:

  1. A manuscript produced on animal production and profitability at Bog Roy Station as an example of how legumes can transform farms (Refer to the Research quality and outputs support document). The aim of this manuscript is to give farmers confidence to see that the investment in improved pastures can be translated into profit and environmental sustainability.
  2. In summer dry environments, two years of comparative data show that improved pastures have produced at least double that of the resident pastures. These data are being used in Red Meat Profit Partnership groups to discuss the impact of legume-based pasture improvements. Results from several experiments have been written up and accepted for publication at the NZGA pasture resilience conference in May 2021.
  3. Results from work on diverse pasture mixes suggest that one species from each functional group (grass/legume/herb) is the maximum required to maximise yield and quality of irrigated pastures.

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