Latest newsletter now online

The latest newsletter is now online at the link below.  As usual it has lots of very useful information for all of us.

Volume 33, Number 3, 2018 (pdf file 955kb)

  • Editorial – Carol Harris
  • The Grassland Society of NSW sponsors GRASS program
  • Establishing pastures – Soil issues affecting pastures
  • Establishing pastures – Pasture species selection
  • Research Update
  • Largest ever remote monitoring project kicks off
  • Automation could be the way of the future for shearing sheds
  • Updated drought guide available now
  • From the President – David Harbison

Of particular interest to those still struggling with drought across the state, will be the updated version of the “Managing and Preparing for Drought (August 2018)”.  Details within the newsletter but to make it easier for everyone, you can use this direct link to download the publication. Further information on Drought Assistance and other resources is available at the DPI DroughtHub.

Latest newsletter is now online

The latest issue of the newsletter (Vol33/No2) is now online with some very useful information particularly during these very dry times.

Volume 33, Number 2, 2018 (pdf file 890kb)

  • Editorial – Carol Harris
  • Grong Grong (Berrembed) Pasture Update report
  • When the going gets tough the Drought Feed Calculator (DFC) gets downloaded
  • Understanding your feedtest
  • What you need to know about soil testing
  • Soil issues affecting pastures
  • From the President – David Harbison


Note: for those who want to check out the Drought Feed Calculator, it can be downloaded for Android here and for Apple here.

Last newsletter for 2017 now online

The latest (and last for 2017) newsletter is now online with lots of great information as usual.

Volume 32, Number 4, 2017 (pdf file 2150kb)

  • Editorial – Carol Harris
  • 2017 Biennial Conference Report – David Harbison
  • Pasture Update Reports
  • Response of white clover (Trifolium repens) varieties and ecotypes to phosphorus on the Northern Tablelands of New South Wales – Graeme Blair
  • New Guidelines for Snakebites
  • Research Update
  • Australia is a red meat nation: Inaugural Industry Report
  • From the President – David Harbison

Wishing everyone a happy and prosperous New Year with the right amount of rain falling just when you need it.

Temperate Perennial Pasture Guide

A comprehensive guide to the establishment of perennial pastures is now available on the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) website. It offers producers proven strategies to successfully grow productive and persistent pasture that will deliver a return on investment now and into the future.

Click here to download the guide (pdf file 3.1 MB)

This how-to guide is based on years of proven pasture and livestock research and incorporates many of the principles in DPI’s very successful Prime Pastures Program, ProGraze® and Landscan®, and also includes results from recent research.

The guide presents a structured approach to planning and paddock preparation that will help producers identify constraints that may limit establishment, which must be addressed on a paddock by paddock basis, well in advance of sowing. The emphasis is on forward planning and management up to two years before sowing and during the first year of pasture growth.

It revisits the Prime Pastures’ eight step checklist, with clear guidelines for the planning process, sowing and management during the critical establishment period. Topics covered include tips on paddock assessment, species selection, nutrition, weed and pest management, cover cropping and grazing management.

Although the guide focuses on establishment of new pasture, producers are also encouraged to consider renovation of existing pasture as an alternative to completely re-sowing paddocks. The guide provides fertiliser and grazing management strategies that can invigorate established pasture at a fraction of the cost of sowing new pasture.

Grazing App survey

Researchers from NSW DPI are developing a GrazingApp to guide grazing management decisions for sheep and cattle grazing. GrazingApp will budget feed on an individual paddock and whole farm basis. It has potential to improve the accuracy of grazing management decisions to reduce risk and enhance profit. To develop the tool that you need they want your help.

Go to and fill in a short survey on what drives your grazing decisions. It will only take about 10 minutes of your time.

Pay your subs online

The Society is pleased to announce that members may now pay their annual subscription online by accessing our Payments page via the Green “Join Now” button on the right hand menu.

Payments are processed through the PayPal service so if you already have a PayPal account, you will be asked to log in to complete the payment quickly and easily.  For those members who do not have a PayPal account, simply choose the option to “Pay with a credit or debit card” which is located below the login area on the PayPal page – you can use your existing card to process the payment without having to sign up to PayPal.  Use the comments box to put your name or membership number so that your payment can be allocated to the correct person.

The existing payment options still remain so if you prefer to post a cheque or do a bank deposit, that is fine.  Just download the membership application form on the “Join Now” page to access these details.

The Grassland Society of NSW is pleased to be able to offer this additional option for convenient and secure online payments.

Final newsletter for 2015 now online

Here is the final Society newsletter for 2015 (Volume 30, Number 4) and it is jam-packed full of reading for those who are lucky enough to get a short break over Christmas.

From all of us at the Grassland Society of NSW, we wish you a very merry Christmas and a safe and prosperous New Year. May the seasons be kind to you over 2016 and beyond.

See below for the Newsletter index:

Volume 30, Number 4, 2015 (pdf file 3800kb)

  • Editorial – Carol Harris
  • Improving phosphorus efficiency in pastures – Timothy McLaren
  • Grass roots research reaching local producers
  • Farmers gain tips on maximising beef production per hectare
  • Research Update
  • Desmanthus showing promise in northern inland NSW – Trudie Atkinson
  • Number and nitrogen fixation capacity of rhizobia in soils
  • List of some of the rhizobial strains used in Australian inoculants
  • This dog has a nose for weeds – Hillary Cherry
  • Bureau issues Climate Outlook for December to February
  • World leading research steers to genetic improvement in cattle
  • From the President’s Desk – David Harbison

NSW Weedwise App

NSW WeedWise App
WWThe NSW WeedWise app provides key information to help users reduce the impact of noxious and environmental weeds in New South Wales (NSW). The app profiles over 300 weeds, describing their legal requirements under the Noxious Weeds Act 1993, control information and registered herbicide options.

Users can search or browse weed names (common or scientific); recognise a weed by its physical description and image gallery; and find out about its impacts, where it occurs, how it spreads and its preferred habitat. Control options are described for each weed and the herbicides registered for its control by the Australian Pesticide and Veterinary Medicines Authority are listed, including application rates and techniques, and any minor-use permits that must be complied with.

Landholders/residents can enter the contact details of their local council weeds officer, and then directly report sightings of high priority weeds via email or SMS. Weeds professionals can share information about a weed with clients via email or SMS, including a weed’s profile, legal requirements, control advice and herbicide options.

NSW WeedWise incorporates the content contained in the Noxious & Environmental Weed Control Handbook, a free, biennial publication from NSW Department of Primary Industries. NSW WeedWise was developed with the assistance of the NSW Weeds Action Program.

NSW Weedwise is available online here:

or is available for your smartphone or tablet via iTunes or Google Play.

Survey on the roles of animal genetic resources in providing ecosystem services in grasslands

FAO SURVEYClick here to download the pdf survey form

We invite you to participate in a survey on the roles of animal genetic resources in the provision of ecosystem services in grassland ecosystems (please see the attached questionnaire). The results will be used to prepare a thematic study that will serve as an input in the preparation of The Second Report on the State of the World’s Animal Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, which is being prepared by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) at the request of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.
The specific objective of the survey is to obtain information on the ecosystem services provided by specific populations of grazing livestock in specific grassland locations. To participate in the survey, you will therefore need first to choose an area of land (which for the purposes of the survey will be referred to as “the grazing area”) and a livestock population about which you are able to provide information.
The “grazing area” can be a single management unit (e.g. a nature reserve under unified management or an individual farm) or a geographical area (e.g. a mountain range) encompassing a number of management units (e.g. a number of farms or a communal grazing area used by a number of livestock keepers).
The livestock population should be a specific breed or group of breeds belonging to a single livestock species. It can either be a population that has historically been present in the grazing area or a population that has been introduced specifically for the purposes of managing the vegetation (or otherwise contributing to supporting, regulating or cultural ecosystem services). If you wish to provide information on more than one livestock population (e.g. more than one species), please complete a separate questionnaire for each. Likewise, if you would like to provide information on additional grazing areas, you will need to complete additional questionnaires.
Please support your answers by providing references (scientific publications, grey literature, official reports, etc.). Please insert the references in the relevant text boxes in the questionnaire (if possible, please include a web address for each). If the documents are not easily available (e.g. not available on the web), we would be grateful if you could send copies via email to the address below.
Once the relevant information has been assembled, the survey should take approximately 20 minutes to complete. If you have any questions, please contact Tatiana From (, Animal Genetic Resources Branch, FAO.
Please kindly submit completed questionnaire forms by 20 November 2013.

When you have finished completing the questionnaire, click the “Submit by Email” button on the last page and send the completed questionnaire to This should work automatically. If it does not, please attach the completed questionnaire manually to an e-mail and send it. Note that if you click the button without completing all the compulsory fields, you will see a warning message. Any required fields that you have not filled will be highlighted in yellow.
Thank you in advance for your participation in this survey!

Photo Competition

Send in your favourite pastoral or grassland landscape photo to go into the running for a years free membership.

Email your digital photos to Carol Harris at

Please provide a caption and/or location of the photo – they will be published here on the website so members can appreciate our wonderful grassland landscapes.

First entry below to get you started:

Grassland Scene from the top of Mount Rankin, between Uralla and Bundarra on the  Northern Tablelands of NSW by Katie Austin.

Grassland Scene from the top of Mount Rankin, between Uralla and Bundarra on the Northern Tablelands of NSW by Katie Austin.