August 21, 2013
Central West landholders are encouraged to participate in the Pasture Update field day at Trangie on 12 September for the latest industry advice on tropical perennial pastures and dual purpose crops.
Department of Primary Industries’ (DPI) Development Officer Slopes and Rangeland Systems, Trudie Atkinson said on the day landholders can see how local producers are integrating tropical perennial pastures and dual purpose forage species into their feedbase.
“The Pasture Update field day will provide landholders with the latest pasture research conducted at the Trangie Agricultural Research Institute,” Ms Atkinson said.
“Industry specialists and researchers from DPI and the Central West Catchment Management Authority (CMA) will be presenting practical information about integrating tropical perennial grasses and dual purpose forage crops in farming systems to maximise productivity.
Participants will tour two local properties: Dean and Amanda Adams’s Property – Glenhaven Park, utilising canola for sheep grazing and Peter and Fiona Howe’s Property – Dunnield, integrating tropical perennial grass pastures.
Ms Atkinson said the day will focus on pastures as part of the whole-farm system, with discussions on grazing management, supplementation and avoiding livestock health issues.
“The Pasture Update Series is an initiative of The Grassland Society of NSW Inc. and funded by Meat and Livestock Australia. This initiative is supported by DPI and the Central West CMA,” Ms Atkinson said.
The cost is $15 for Grassland Society members and $25 for non-members, which cover the bus, morning tea, lunch and information material.
The bus will leave Trangie, Caltex service station at 8:30 am sharp and will return at 3:30 pm on 12 September.