First 2017 newsletter now online

See below for the first issue of the newsletter for 2017.

Volume 32, Number 1, 2017 (pdf file 4013kb)

  • Editorial – Carol Harris
  • Pasture Update reports
  • Australian Pastures Genebank
  • Economic and environmental differences between the nitrogen response functions of perennial ryegrass cultivars – M. Harmer, J. Sewell, L. Menhenett and C. Farlow
  • SEED – the portal for Sharing and Enabling Environmental Data
  • Research Update
  • New Forage Value Index for Australia’s dairy industry
  • Well deserved award for Hugh Dove
  • From the President – David Harbison

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.

Last newsletter for 2016

The last newsletter for 2016 has just come out and as usual is chock full of great info. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and fantastic seasons for 2017.

Volume 31, Number 4, 2016 (pdf file 3575kb)

  • Editorial – Carol Harris
  • Pasture Update Reports
  • Producing store lambs on a Microlaena stipoides dominated pasture – the impact of grazing management and stocking rate – NP Linden, ML Mitchell, S Norng and LL Slocombe
  • Temperate perennial pasture establishment guide now available online
  • Farming Together
  • Merino Superior Sires – New edition now available
  • How to manage grass seeds
  • Research Update
  • AGnVet, Grassland Society of NSW and Auswest Seeds Holbrook Field Day
  • From the President – David Harbison

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 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.

WLA Scholarships available for women in agriculture

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 ijohnson@wla.edu.au

Third Newsletter for 2016 now online

The latest issue of the Society Newsletter (Vol31, No.3) is now online.

Volume 31, Number 3, 2016 (pdf file 1449kb)

  • Editorial – Carol Harris
  • Liveweight gain by cattle grazing native pasture or improved pasture sown on rehabilitated mine
    land – Upper Hunter study – Neil Griffiths, Lester McCormick and Neil Nelson
  • Upcoming Pasture Updates
  • Research Update
  • Barbervax – the state of play – David Smith
  • MLA to host forum on red meat industry’s digital future
  • Magnesium defciency in livestock – Nigel Brown
  • From the President – David Harbison

Remember, if your subscription is due for next year, you may now pay online.  See our membership page for more information on our online payment option or just click the green “Join Now” button on the right hand side.

Second 2016 newsletter now online

The latest edition of the Society newsletter is now available online to members and features heaps of great info as usual.

Volume 31, Number 2, 2016 (pdf file 20686kb)

  • Editorial – Carol Harris
  • Pasture Updates – what’s new
  • LambEx 2016
  • Three things you need to know when grazing crops- Shawn McGrath
  • Russian wheat aphid
  • Research Update
  • Not just bees: the buzz on our other vital insect
    helpers – Romina Rader, Manu Saunders and Saul Cunningham
  • History of Grassland Society of NSW – the first 30
    years – Malcolm Campbell and Carol Harris
  • From the President – David Harbison

Note that those interesting in attending LambEx 2016 should be aware that financial members of the Grassland Society are eligible for a $150 cash back on the registration fee but you need to act quickly as registrations are just about closed.

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.

First newsletter for 2016 now online

The first newsletter for 2016 is now online so check it out at the link below (or via the Publications menu above).

Some great reading including information on the upcoming Australian Grassland Association Symposium in Armidale on June 7th-9th.

Volume 31, Number 1, 2016 (pdf file 1016kb)

  • Editorial – Carol Harris
  • Is it time to revisit management of soil acidity? – Helen Burns and Dr Mark Norton
  • The end of summer – assessing the outlook for 2016 in northern NSW – Sean Murphy and Lester McCormick
  • Bureau of Meteorology Climate Outlook for March to May 2016
  • The influence of herbicides on soil fungi in grazing systems
  • Research Update
  • Doing the numbers on ewes – reprinted from mla.com.au
  • Grass seed management starts now – reprinted from mla.com.au
  • From the President – David Harbison

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