Lanza Tedera | Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development

Lanza Tedera | Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development


The sheep industry requires a
solution as a forage and that’s why we developed Lanza Tedera to provide an
alternative to hand feeding and an alternative to keep finishing animals at
the end of the season. Lanza Tedera is a perennial forage legume that has been collected from the Canary Islands and bred here in Australia for Australian conditions. Lanza Tedera is a very drought tolerant plant that remains green during
the summertime and that makes it quite unique to use in our environments. From a producer perspective, particularly in WA, that summer/autumn feed gap is a time
where producers often have to supplement animals, so they run out of pasture feed base
at a particular time of year. So supplementing animals is obviously
costly so if we can find species that can remain green and give a good
nutrient, have a good nutrient content, it’s just another tool in the toolbox for
farmers to be able to have or utilise during that time. In this Mediterranean climate that you have several months with very little rain it’s very difficult to get plants that we’re able to hold the leafs and remain green during the summertime and that is what Lanza is able to do. So it will be at the end of the summer and autumn an alternative to hay and lupin other grains. Most seasons are pretty challenging come that February-March, when the feeds run out. This Lanza should be able to provide that green
bridge which the sheep can you know put weight on and gets you through
without having to use grain to feed the sheep. You know it costs a lot of money
to feed lupins and grain, whereas if you’ve got this growing in the
paddock and you know some of the stuff that Daniel’s done with sheep and
trials you know it certainly will help us get sheep off a lot quicker to market
because it’s providing that constant nutritional source for the animals. Projects like this are absolutely important to help the industry We need to have collaborative partners in order to
invest and also to bring researchers together, – different skill sets different
areas all to drive producer needs, in order to take something from a from an
idea or concept that has come from producers to take it right through to
the end. It’s a long time and you need that collaborative approach to
be able to have this sort of success story. The Department of Primary
Industries and Regional Development has expertise in many areas from
animal production, pathology, physiology, plant breeding, agronomy and all of that
comes together to develop Lanza Tedera. The department has the capacity to bring together people with many areas of expertise and all working together for a long period of time they can achieve really good things and Lanza Tedera is an example of this kind of work.

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