ABOUT SPSWelcome to the Stephen Pasture Seeds virtual world. We are proud to have provided unbiased advice and the highest quality seed to the rural industry since 1957.
We offer a vast range of Australian researched products to suit all farming enterprises including ryegrasses, lucerne, clovers, brassicas, herbs, custom pasture blends and even lawn and bird seed.
You name it we have it and via our extensive network of rural stores we are your One Stop Seed Shop.
We are proud to continue our family business heritage with focus on customer service and our proud rural industry credentials.
Technical LeadershipStephen Pasture Seeds (SPS) has one of the most experienced team of pasture seed technical advisers in Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia.
We continue our commitment to providing the best independent technical advice and the highest quality seed available to enable farmers to achieve their production requirements weather can affect pasture production, but seed selection or quality should not.
To assist your technical analysis our website includes a description, features and photos of our vast product range.
We enjoy assisting rural people in their business endeavours by providing the seeds of prosperity. Please utilise the contact section of this website or ring our experienced technical advisers on 03 5335 8055, we are only too happy to help.
Integrity and ResearchOur advisers only recommend products that have been proven in Australia and more specifically in Victorian and South Australian conditions. This feature is supported by ongoing investment in the research of seed breeding and seed treatment.
Our commitment to whats on the tag is in the bag is supported by membership and hence compliance with the Australian Seed Federation codes of practice for marketing and seed treatment.
Our investment in seed treatment and mixing facilities further adds value in supplying the highest quality products to farmers.
We aim to provide the best advice and products to deliver the seeds of prosperity to your business endeavours.
Regards & Best Wishes
The team at Stephen Pasture Seeds
With many areas of the eastern states still experiencing severe drought, water supply issues and dismal water allocations for irrigation, producer's strategies will need to be in place to maximise the use of autumn rains when they arrive. To maximise early drymatter production seeding rates are the key. High seeding rates will double early drymatter production.
In our April newsletter we focus on Uplands Hispanica cocksfoot and red clover which is receiving renewed interest as a high performance species in dairy and lamb finishing systems.
Plant breeders are looking for traits like summer dormancy in temperate perennial pasture grasses to handle extended drought and changing climatic conditions. Uplands Hispanica cocksfoot is one such species that can fit many pasture systems to provide persistence as well as production in summer-dry low rainfall environments.
With lower milk payout prices, productive pasture based systems provide producers opportunities to control costs. Red clover can fit into many dairy systems with irrigation or adequate rainfall to suit the species. The addition to soil nitrogen for following forage crops and pastures from species like red clover is often underestimated.
Sungold Field Days
10-12 February 2016, Allansford VIC
Wimmera Machinery Field Days
1-3 March 2016, Horsham VIC
South East Field Days
18-19 March 2016, Lucindale VIC
Farmworld Field Days
7-10 April 2016, Warragul VIC
East Gippsland Field Days
29-30 April 2016, Bairnsdale VIC
5-7 May 2016, Tasmania