Qualigrass - Dairy Pasture Conditioner
QUALIGRASS BEATS TYPICAL PRE CALVING CHALLENGES
G F Wilson “Massey University”
- Pasture nutrients do not match the dietary needs of cows at certain times of year
- Especially at the critical transition period before and after calving
- Mg, Cu, Se and iodine are low in winter
- K levels climb in early spring depressing magnesium availability.
- A foliar application can rapidly and efficiently raise magnesium levels for short period of the year
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM QUALIGRASS
- Qualigrass lifts copper, selenium and iodine levels in pasture
- Increase magnesium levels in pasture (implicated as the main culprit causing grass staggers)
- Reduces the luxury uptake of potassium by grasses
- More grass - Qualigrass provides nitrogen for spring growth
QUALIGRASS REDUCES THE RISK OF MILK FEVER
- Rich in anionic salts
- Anionic salts improve the DCAD ratio of the pasture
- Helps the cow mobilise bone calcium
- Reducing the risk of milk fever
- Less post calving problems
- Lower empty rates
- Easier management systems
- Healthier cows
Just an extra 7kg* milk solids per cow between calving and Christmas will pay for a full Qualigrass program. Six years of successful Qualigrass use around New Zealand has generally given production increases of between 3% - 8%. (* 22.5 kg MS / ha at $4)
80% of disease in adult cows occurs in the four weeks either side of calving. These eight weeks are the primary focus of Qualigrass programmes.
10 litres Qualigrass per hectare sprayed on all the pasture the cows will graze until calving. Extra magnesium and salt can be added if required. Your Chengeta Crop Care Specialist will advise.
5 to 10 litres of Qualigrass per hectare. At each application spray the paddocks to be grazed in the next month. Again, extra magnesium and salt may be added as recommended by your Chengeta Crop Care Specialist.
Qualigrass has a strong residual effect. The second application has much more impact on pasture nutrient levels; so lower application rates may be used.
Trials: Ask your local Chengeta Crop Care Specialist for a summary of Qualigrass research.