Grazing the surface

Grazing the surfaceGrazing the surface

Robert Garshaw is in charge of the extensive pasture renewal programme on his family’s farm at Otaua, South Auckland, and the 30-year-old makes the most of the opportunity to trial a number of different varieties. “I take advantage of adjacent paddocks to do comparisons,” he says. 

Garshaw was the winner of last year’s DairyNZ best first-year pasture in its annual Pasture Renewal Persistence Competition. He’s experimented with a wide variety of cultivars and species such as Trojan, Excess, Matrix, Bealey, Shogun, Base, Halo, Eastern tall fescue and Exeltas coloured brome.