February 25, 2013
Interested landowners around Freshwater Creek are being invited to attend a pasture cropping workshop being held on Wednesday 6 March, 2013. Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Meat and Wool Team Leader Ralph Cotter said the farming technique combined grazing and cropping into a single land use. “Landowners can use the workshop to learn more about the principles of successfully utilising a grain crop for animal grazing purposes. “Pasture cropping can successfully fill a seasonal feed gap. This reduces supplementary feed costs and maintains an animal’s reproductive and growth performance, which can lead to additional enterprise income. “Producers can also find out how pasture cropping contributes to maintaining year round groundcover for soil improvement and stock health,” he said. Mr Cotter said New South West farmer Colin Seis, one of the originators of the technique, will sharing his expertise at the workshop. After his presentation participants will travel to Andy Smith’s property on Ghazeepore Road. Mr Cotter said the participants would explore options for pasture cropping and discuss the possibility of future follow-up trials and demonstrations in the area. The workshop will be held on Wednesday March 6 from 10am-3pm at the Freshwater Creek Community Hall, Dickins Road, Freshwater Creek. Lunch will be provided from 12:30-1pm. Participants can also visit Andy Smith’s property from 1-3pm. To register for this free event contact Glenda Jackson from DPI on (03) 5226 4722 by March 1.