New legume released in Western Australia

A NEW pasture species that will provide a real boost for livestock producers as a high-value, dry season feed option was launched in Dandaragan today by Western Australian Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan.

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New legume pasture released.

The perennial pasture legume, tedera, is valued for its drought tolerance, nutritional qualities and nitrogen fixing, and its release has been highly anticipated by producers from across the Wheatbelt region.

The variety has been named Lanza tedera, a shortened version of Lanzarote - the name of the Spanish island from which the original seed was collected 12 years ago.

Research has shown that sheep on tedera continue to gain weight during summer and autumn, under either continuous or rotational grazing scenarios, improving flock productivity and profitability.

The pasture is underpinned by more than a decade of agronomic and livestock grazing research by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, with support from Meat and Livestock Austra...

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