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    Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries
    The Honourable Mark Furner

    New locally developed forage oat a spellbinding success

    Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries
    The Honourable Mark Furner

    Wednesday, August 08, 2018

    New locally developed forage oat a spellbinding success

    Queensland Government scientists have cast their spell to create ‘Warlock’, a new forage oat variety with the highest total forage yield on the market.

    Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner launched the new feed source in Toowoomba this morning, announcing it will be available for growers to buy next year.

    “Warlock is the latest success story for our forage oat breeding program which continues to invest in developing superior varieties to assist Queensland livestock producers,” Mr Furner said.

    “The program develops and commercially releases improved forage oat cultivars with high yield, resistance to leaf rust, late maturity and high regrowth potential.

    “In trials over four years, the total forage yield for Warlock was 19 per cent higher than the previously developed Genie forage oat, and a seven per cent improvement on the Wizard variety.

    “Higher yielding forage oat varieties increase the size of the feed base available to livestock producers which in turn improves the profitability of farming enterprises.”

    Minister Furner said while Warlock is susceptible to one race of leaf rust in southern Queensland, it will significantly lift the forage yield of oats in growing regions where leaf rust is less prevalent and provide a degree of tolerance in susceptible areas.

    “The new Warlock forage oat has a long production season, produces vigorous growth in the early season and recovers quickly from grazing to produce a high forage yield during the cooler winter months when farmers need to fatten cattle.

    “Forage oat is the preferred winter forage crop in Queensland with more than 500,000 hectares planted each year for grazing and hay production.

    “The value of the liveweight gain produced from this feed source by the beef cattle industry alone each year is estimated at $250 million. Forage oats are also an important feed source for the dairy, sheep and horse industries.”

    Based at Toowoomba’s Leslie Research Centre, the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries forage oat breeding program is jointly funded with Heritage Seeds who will market Warlock for commercial sale in 2019.

    Media: Brock Taylor – 0427 018 178