couch grass for grazing?

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  1. dreuky

    dreuky Junior Member

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    We have had some so quite heavy summer rain. Very unusual. The Lucerne as really loved it and as well a fair percentage of the block as suddenly sprouted couch grass. I did an internet search and at least some of it came up with couch grass being reasonable fodder for grassing animals. Has anyone had any experience using in couch as a fodder? I am interested because I want to establish perennial grasses as pasture. Most perennial grasses need more than the 350-400 mm that Milang gets. I know native grasses can grow in low rainfall and I do have an area of wallaby grass which I plan first to look after and second to try and spread, but buying native grass seed is unbelievably expensive.
     
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    Cooch is ok feed particularly when green and fresh!
    U probably wont be able to run very many stock with that amount of rain
    fairly easy to collect your own native grass seed! wheat grass(elemus) could b worth a try!!! a good rotation will assist in the development of the sward!
     
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    I am quite aware that the stocking rate is low that's already factored in. But having said that I want to keep the ground covered as much as poss. As I said the wallaby grass seems to grow well so I will definitely be doing my best to spread that and I have transplanted some kangaroo grass from my last place to see how that grows at milang. anyway good to know that couch as a place too
     
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    I am interested to hear how you go. I am also interested in the native pastures. My main concern with them is their ability to survive on low fertility soils that might be acid and also have high aluminium uptake. I emailed the native pasture guys to see if they had an analysis of the native pastures. I looked up plant testing procedures and it is poss to check for nutrients. I did a quick google and similar soils with native species in i think southern america did pick up al in their tissues. I am very hesitant to go native pastures without more information. Although my natural inclination is to want to plant them. I also got told they are less nutritious and the animals have to eat more of them. I have been pondering today if one is planting native pastures one should be using animals that maybe have adapted to survive on them like emu and alpaccas?
     
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    i'm not sure why you'd be so stuck on aluminum as it
    is a very common element in the soil. i'm pretty sure
    most creatures have figured out how to ignore it.
     

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