Newsletter (V24-N2) is now online

The latest issue of the Newsletter is now online.

Remember, the annual conference is on soon – see the Conference page for more information and a link to the flyer/registration form.

Volume 29, Number 2, 2014 (pdf file 3150kb)

  • Editorial – Carol Harris
  • Vale Mike Keys – Chris Houghton
  • Rhizobia and the Rhizobia-Legume Symbiosis
  • Research Update
  • Subsoil acidity determines survival of lucerne on highly acidic soil – Guangdi Li, Mark Conyers, Richard Lowrie and Graeme Poile
  • Managing water resources in Australian temperate pastures – David Mitchell
  • New drought support arrangements from July 2014
  • NSW Hay and Silage Feed Quality Awards 2014
  • Target 100 gains 200th farmer story
  • From the President’s Desk – David Harbison

2014 Conference Program and Registration

Please download the 2014 Conference Flyer and Registration Form here.

For further information or enquires on the conference please contact the conference convenor Carol Harris by email carol.harris@dpi.nsw.gov.au or
phone 0458 206 973 or the Grassland Society of NSW Secretary by email: secretary@grasslandnsw.com.au.

PROGRAM for Tuesday:

  • 3.30-5.30 pm Pre Conference Registrations
  • 5.30-6.30 pm Grassland Society of NSW Annual General Meeting
  • 6.30-7.30 pm Happy Hour and Canapes

PROGRAM for Wednesday:

  • 8.00-9.00 am Registrations
  • 9.00 am Welcome and Welcome to Country (David Harbison, President of Grassland Society of NSW, and Harry White, Northern Tablelands Local Land Services)
  • 9.30 am Session 1:  “Climate variability: history and future predictions – what are the implications for pasture production and management?”   (Dr Brendan Cullen, University of Melbourne).
  • 10.15 am Trade Displays and Morning Tea
  • 10.45 am Session 1 continued:  “Future Farm Industries Cooperative Research Centre – Innovation in profitable perennial farming systems – putting research into practice.”  (Dr Michael Friend, Charles Sturt University.)
  • Session 1 continued:  “Evergraze – Research on the North West Slopes of NSW.”  (Dr Sean Murphy, NSW Department of Primary Industries)
  • 12.15- pm Bus Tours Depart (Packed lunches provided)
  • 5.30 pm Buses Return to Inverell RSM Club
  • 6.30-7.00 pm Pre Dinner Drinks and Canapes (beer, wine and soft drink only)
  • 7.00 pm Conference Dinner & Entertainment (Jack Drake – Bush Poet) + Hay and Silage Competition Awards

Tour A Glen Innes district
Visit Rangers Valley, a cattle station near Glen Innes. Better known for it’s feedlot, the station also has 1600 ha of grazing country for backgrounding operations. This tour will also visit Ben Vale a family operated mixed-farming business (sheep, beef & cropping) at Emmaville.

Tour B Inverell district
Visit Newstead, a well known property in the Inverell district and part of the Sundown Pastoral Company. At this stop inspect improved pastures for cattle production. The second stop on the tour is Danthonia, a Bruderhof community near Inverell taking an alternative approach to sustainable land management.

Tour C Guyra district
Visit Blush Tomatos Australia’s largest and most advanced glasshouse facilities. The glasshouses occupy 20 ha of land and produces approx 11 million kg of truss tomatoes per year. The second stop on this tour is a Mannum Park Merino sheep stud with an emphasis on pasture improvement and innovative internal parasite control.

Tour D Bingara / Delungra district
Visit NSW DPI experiments at Bingara evaluating a range of temperate and tropical legumes for tropical grass based pastures. This tour will also visit Glen Ayr at Bingara and Magnet at Delungra – two properties incorporating tropical grasses into their cattle breeding operations.

PROGRAM for Thursday:

  • 8.00-8.30 am Registrations and Trade Displays
  • 8.30 am Session 2:  “The utilisation and management of tropical perennial grass based pastures.” (Dr Suzanne Boschma, NSW Department of Primary Industries)
  • “Utilising tropical grasses in a temperate environment.”  (Nick Endacott “Yarroview” Yarrowyck NSW)
  • 9.40-10.15 am Trade Displays and Morning Tea
  • 10.15 am Session 3:  “The role and use of traditional and alternative fertilisers.”  (Neil Griffiths, NSW Department of Primary Industries)
  • Session 3 continued:  “Soil Fertility – a biological approach.”  (Greg Chappell, Shannon Vale Station Glen Innes)
  • 11.05 am Session 4:  “Hybrid white clovers for drought tolerance.”  (Dr Shirley Nichols, AgResearch Hamilton New Zealand)
  • Session 4 continued:  “Management for high quality pastures and animal production – Producer Panel Session.” Andrew Wood, Bill Perrottet and Peter Fletcher
  • 12.35 pm Trade Displays and Lunch
  • 1.25 pm Session 5:  “Perennial grass weeds – options for control and management.”  (Charles Grech, Department of Environment and Primary Industries, Victoria)
  • Session 5 continued:  “Perennial grass weeds – practical control and management.”   (Jim Benton, “Weather Vale” Glen Innes NSW)
  • Session 5 continued:  “Coolatai grass management and utilisation.”  (David Worsley, “Maryland” Nullamanna NSW)
  • 2.35 pm Session 6:  “Integration of pasture and cropping systems under irrigation.”   (Greg Finlay, Finlay Hay Texas Qld)
  • Session 6 continued:  “Practical application of integrating pasture and cropping systems.”  (Glen Uebergang “Pearsby Hall” Inverell NSW)
  • 3.30 pm Conference close and Afternoon Tea

 

Please download the 2014 Conference Flyer and Registration Form here.
Book online here:  www.trybooking.com/FEJZ

 

 

Pasture Update – Bathurst

Central Tableland producers have the opportunity to hear the latest in pasture research for their area at the Grassland Society of NSW Pasture Update funded by MLA and supported by Central Tablelands Local Land Services.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE FLYER AND REGISTRATION FORM

SPEAKERS

  • Linda Hygate (MLA) – MLA’s investment in the southern feedbase pastures
  • David Harbison (DR Agriculture) -Soil nutrition and pasture health for Tablelands
  • Dr Belinda Hackney (Charles Sturt Uni) – Pasture legumes for the Tablelands – what’s new?
  • Dr Warwick Badgery, Research Scientist – Grazing technologies/methods to utilise or manage feed in Tablelands pasture systems
  • Dr Mark Trotter (Uni of New England)- Precision Agriculture technologies for pasture systems

Pasture walk at MLA’s Pasture Variety Trial site (in the afternoon) – Ian & Amanda Stonestreet’s property, “Rainecourt” Greghamstown, via Blayney

Time: 9.15am (registration) – 3.15pm
Venue: Morning talks at Panthers Bathurst, Bathurst. Afternoon pasture walk at MLA Pasture Variety Trial site, Blayney
Admission: $20. Includes lunch and morning tea
RSVP: 27th May 2014, Janelle Witschi, 0408 612 235

A bus will run to the trial site if there is enough interest. Please bring a hat, sturdy shoes and jacket for the afternoon session.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE FLYER AND REGISTRATION FORM

2014 Feed Quality Competition

The NSW Hay and Silage Feed Quality Awards are also back in 2014.

Conditions of entry and an entry form can be found within the Vol29_No1 Newsletter on pages 12 and 13 as well as at the link below.

The aim of these awards is to promote the benefits of high quality hay and silage to all farmers with emphasis on the importance of feed quality in animal production and how to achieve feed quality in conserved forages.  Awards will be based on feed quality analysis results from the NSW DPI Feed Quality Service with emphasis on metabolisable energy and crude protein.

Entries close on 4th July 2014.  Awards will be presented at the NSW Grasslands Society Annual Conference to be held in Inverell 22-24 July 2014.

For further information phone (02) 6938 1957 (lab) or (02) 4939 8948.

Click here to Download the 2014 Entry Form

First 2014 Newsletter now online

The first newsletter for 2014 is now available and is chock-full of interesting and informative reading.  Dont forget the Hay & Silage Competition which closes 4th July.

See below:

Volume 29, Number 1, 2014 (pdf file 3950kb)

  • Editorial – Carol Harris
  • Contribution of dual-purpose crops and pasture to forage supply in sheep grazing systems – Hugh Dove, John Kirkegaard and Susan Sprague
  • Ryegrass trial highlighted at Taree Update – Josh Hack
  • The successful use of winter active tall fescue in a mixed cropping program – Charlie Roberts
  • Improving the feed value of dryland lucerne in Australia – HC Norman, SJ Hughes, E Hulm, AW Humphries, K Oldach, DK Revell, Z Durmic, J Vadhanabhuti and PE Vercoe
  • Research Update
  • Assessing resilience of pasture production to climatic changes – Brendan R Cullen, Richard P Rawnsley and Richard J Eckard
  • NSW Hay and Silage Feed Quality Awards 2014
  • Dust to green flush in 10 days
  • Kasbah’s heat switch pumps pasture
  • From the President’s Desk – David Harbison

From the President’s Desk – David Harbison

2014 Conference

Just a very quick heads-up that this year’s conference will be held at Inverell on the 22-24 July.  More details will be posted as they come to hand on the Conference Information page.

Last 2013 newsletter now online

The last issue of the Society newsletter for 2013 is now online – see below for details.

Volume 28, Number 4, 2013 (pdf file 2100kb)

  • Editorial – Carol Harris
  • Grassland Society of NSW Pasture Updates
  • Pre and Post International Grassland Congress meetings
  • Grasses of the NSW Tablelands (book announcement)
  • EverTrain Learning
  • Research Update
  • From the President’s Desk – David Harbison

From everyone at the Society, please have a safe and very merry Christmas and great seasons for 2014.

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 (Tatiana.From@fao.org), 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 Tatiana.From@fao.org. 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!

Newsletter Vol28/No3 now online

The latest issue of the newsletter is now online – please see below:

Volume 28, Number 3, 2013 (pdf file 2800kb)

  • Editorial – Carol Harris
  • Flexibility the key to capitalising on lucerne – Susan Robertson
  • Regional EverGraze packages
  • Merino 2014 – the 9th World Merino Conference
  • Research Update
  • Feed on offer library now online – Geoffrey Paul
  • Highlights from the 22nd International Grassland Congress
  • Putting pastures on trial
  • New legume guides available
  • NSW Government launches major weed review
  • From the President’s Desk – Mick Duncan

 

New President for the Grassland Society

After nine years at the helm Mick Duncan decided not to stand for another term as President of the Grassland Society of NSW at the recent AGM (September 25) in Orange. In the election for office bearers David Harbison was elected unopposed as the new President.

David is a Director of DR Agriculture Pty Ltd, Molong and would be well known to many of our members. David has been an active member of the Grassland Society of NSW management committee for a number of years and was the conference convenor at the 2011 conference at Bathurst. David is looking forward to the challenges ahead as President and would welcome input from all members on the future direction of the Grassland Society of NSW.

The management committee on behalf of the members would like to thank Mick Duncan for his commitment and dedication during his time as President over the past nine years and look forward to his continued contribution as a committee member.

The election of the remaining positions on the management committee were

  • Vice President – Lester McCormick
  • Treasurer – Frank McRae
  • Editor – Carol Harris
  • Committee – John Coughlan, Hugh Dove, Nathan Ferguson, Keith Garlick, John Ive, Hayley Pattison and Warwick Wheatly.
  • Janelle Witschi continues as Secretary.