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.
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 http://www.grazingapp.com.au and fill in a short survey on what drives your grazing decisions. It will only take about 10 minutes of your time.
Opportunities remain available for women in the Australian Agriculture sector to access up to $8,000 in scholarship funding to assist them to participate in a number of the country’s premier women’s development programs. The initiative is part of a nationwide push to support and elevate women leaders throughout the Agriculture sector.
To ensure equitable distribution of scholarships throughout the sector, it is appropriate that the information is disseminated by a respected organisations and associations in collaboration with Women and Leadership Australia. As part of this process, the Grassland Society of NSW wishes to make these opportunities known to members who may be eligible – we urge you to apply before scholarship funding is exhausted.
Scholarships are available to women at three key management levels:
- Experienced senior and executive leaders are eligible to apply for an $8,000 scholarship to assist their participation in the Advanced Leadership Program.
- Mid-level managers are eligible to apply for a $4,000 scholarship to assist their participation in the Executive Ready Program.
Please note: WLA programs are highly exclusive developmental experiences and admission into these programs requires successful application. Annual intakes are limited.
To make a scholarship enquiry, please fill out the Expression of Interest form here. Following submission of your expression of interest form a WLA scholarship advisor will make contact to provide further information.
Should you wish to discuss the initiative in more detail please contact Ian Johnson at Women and Leadership Australia’s Head Office on 03 9270 9016 or via email@example.com
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.
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