Last newsletter for 2014

See here for the last newsletter for 2014:

Volume 29, Number 4, 2014 (pdf file 2500kb)

  • Editorial – Carol Harris
  • Rhizobia and the rhizobia-legume symbiosis – Part 3
  • Horizon Scholarship
  • Pasture Updates – Regional Reports
  • Research Update
  • Assess the upcoming season – Indicators and Outlooks for northern NSW – Sean Murphy
  • Time to get serious: a review of weed management in New South Wales – John Keniry
  • From the President’s Desk – David Harbison

Latest issue of the newsletter – Vol29/No3

Please see the latest issue of the newsletter with lots of interesting articles:

Volume 29, Number 3, 2014 (pdf file 1700kb)

  • Editorial – Carol Harris
  • Rhizobia and the rhizobia-legume symbiosis – Part 2
  • NSW Hay and Silage Feed Quality Awards – Neil Griffiths
  • Research Update
  • Ryegrass seeding rate alters plant morphology and size – possible implications for pasture persistence? –  Julia Lee, Errol Thorn, David Chapman, Kate Wynn, Deanne Waugh and Laura Rossi
  • Photos from the conference
  • Plantain (Plantago lanceolata) in herb and legume pastures increases lamb growth relative to perennial ryegrass and white clover –  Peter Kemp, Paul Kenyon, Stephen Morris and Sharini Somasiri
  • New book – Pastures in a farming system
  • Grassland events around the globe
  • Why prepare low worm-risk paddocks – Deb Maxwell
  • Climate outlook overview
  • From the President’s Desk – David Harbison

Upcoming Weeds Webinars

These webinars will address new options available to farmers in managing the weed seed bank as well as strategies to help promote the long term sustainability of herbicides.

Join us from wherever you are on the farm – in the paddock, ute, tractor or office – by streaming this webinar series to your smart phone, tablet, laptop or computer.

Register at:

Webinar 1: Grazing chaff dumps – Weds 8 October 2014, 1-2PM AEDT

Join Andrew Boultbee, grower from York WA and Peter Newman Leader of Communications, Australian Herbicide Resistance Initiative as they discuss the benefits of grazing chaff dumps versus burning. Instead of burning the chaff heaps, Andrew Boultbee started grazing this resource during summer. The sheep flatten the chaff heaps to a very small pile and help to redistribute some of the nutrients in these heaps back out to the paddock.

Webinar 2: Diverting weed seeds onto permanent tramlines – Weds 15 October 2014, 1-2PM AEDT

Tune in again to hear Peter Newman and Esperance grower Mark Wandel talk about the latest practice of diverting weed seeds on to permanent tramlines. As an add-on benefit to a controlled traffic system, diverting chaff from the harvester into compacted wheel tracks or tramlines gives harvested weed seeds a tough environment to grow and spread.


Event:             Webinar Series: win the war against harvest weed seeds

When:             Wednesday, 8 October 2014 and Wednesday, 15 October 2014

                        @ 1.00pm – 2.00pm (Australian Eastern Daylight Time).)

To register

During the webinar questions can be asked via a ‘chat’ window on the webinar page or by tweeting #weedsmart. You can also email questions in advance to Kate Leahy at

More information is in the attached invitation. Please feel free to forward this invitation to your networks.

For more information about the webinar please contact Kate Leahy on or phone 0437 231 150. For more information on weed management in Australia visit

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 or
phone 0458 206 973 or the Grassland Society of NSW Secretary by email:

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:



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.



  • 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.


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.