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John is a member of Gomaren Doctors Creek Landcare Group. He and Bernadette live at “Myrtle Farm” near Goombungee. In 2003 the local Landcare group received funding to restore old cultivation back to pasture. John had a paddock that had previously been part of a dairy farm and had been used to grow oats.

Cow peas were planted to try and increase the fertility of the paddock but this didn’t work. There was a significant rainfall event and everything washed away into the corner of the paddock so the paddock had to cultivated again before the pasture could be established.

In February 2004 the paddock was planted with a Heritage seed mix consisting of Katamborra Rhodes grass and Gatton panic and was sown with a tickle sower.

 The paddock was cut for hay 2 or 3 times and at one time the landholders baled 150 5 ft. round bales of hay from the cut. The Gatton panic is very “clumpy” and because of their baling contractor was reluctant to bale the hay.

John would like to over sow the pasture with winter grasses. Some pasture seed that could be considered would be Snail medic, Fescue, white clover, Lucerne or Phalaris.



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