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
Mid-winter is the ideal time to reflect on the current seasonal conditions and the progress of winter crops. Assess the effectiveness of any weed control strategies and the nutritional status of crops for their current growth stages. Are targeted yields and protein or oil contents likely to be achieved?
Many pastures are under pressure at this time of year as growth rates drop to their lowest levels, even close to zero in cold tableland environments and stock nutritional requirements are close to their peak. With breeding herds and flocks the timing ofboth calving and lambing can be crucial.
Winter cleaning is also a low-cost highly successful tool for removing undesirable grass and also some broadleaf weeds from lucerne and clover based pastures, as well as established perennial grass pastures. The application of insecticide and fertilier may also be appropriate to assist psture recovery and spring growth after winter cleaning. As well as providing better quality finishing pastures, this technique has additonal benefits in reducing grass seed contamination in lambs.
It is also time to ensure preparations are on thrack for the sowing of spring pastures such as luceren and tableland forage crops for hay and silage. The later spring sown forage crops such as sorghums, millets and legumes such as soybean, cowpeas and lab lab also need planning and preparation. The weather cannot be controlled so concentrate on the management factors that have the biggest influence on success or failure.
South West Pasture Update
29 July 2015, Demo Dairy Terang VIC
3-4 August 2015, Hamilton VIC
South Gippsland Dairy Expo
23-24 September 2015, Korrumburra VIC
Elmore Field Days
6-8 October 2015, Elmore VIC