2012 Conference Programme

Conference Program and Registration Form is available at the Conference Page.  Details of the programme follow:

Tuesday 24 July

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm PRE-CONFERENCE REGISTRATIONS (Joyes Hall)
6:00 pm Grassland Society of NSW AGM (Gulballanna Room in the CSU Convention Centre near Joyes Hall)

Wednesday 25 July

7:30 am – 8:30 am REGISTRATIONS
8:45 am WELCOME President – Grassland Society of NSW.
9:00 am Session 1
‘Recognising and working within landscape limitations for increased productivity.’ Dr Belinda Hackney, District Agronomist, NSW DPI, Bathurst.
‘How has grazing management changed to utilise differences in the landscape? A follow up to the 2001 Gundagai conference?’ Rodney Purcell, Producer, Brungle.
POSTER PAPERS, MORNING TEA & TRADE DISPLAYS
11:00 am – Session 2
‘Soil Carbon, variation across the landscape’ Susan Orgill, Research Officer, Soil Carbon, NSW DPI , Wagga Wagga.
‘Alternative Fertilisers, what do pasture trial results tell us?’ Fiona Leech, District Agronomist, NSW DPI, Yass
‘Humic products – Potential or presumption for agriculture? Can humic products improve my soil?’ Kim Billingham, Project Officer – Agronomist, NSW DPI ,Taree.
12:30 pm – LUNCH
1:00 pm – Session 3
BUS TOURS DEPART
Tour A – High Rainfall Tablelands (Rosewood & Tarcutta) Sponsored by Bendigo Bank, Agribusiness Banking, Wagga Wagga, Tarcutta Rural Supplies, Tarcutta and Anderson’s Agriservices.
Perennial pastures the key to successful beef production. Visit a fantastic undercover set of cattle yards that allow cattle work to be done snow, rain, hail or shine at Rosewood.
Prime Lamb production, making the most of the landscape.
Tour B – Cross Property Planning (Kyeamba)
Visit a group of farmers in the Kyeamba Valley that have undertaken a Cross Property Planning sequence to better manage agriculture in the landscape.
Tour C – Mixed farming tour (Wagga – Narrandera). Inspect pasture variety and crop sequencing trials – EH Graham Centre. Corporate farm – sheep grazing, cropping, irrigation and state of the art, architect designed woolshed. Lucerne hay production.
5:30 pm RETURN
6:30 pm – 7:00 pm PRE-DINNER DRINKS and CANAPES (beer, wine and soft drinks only)
7:00 pm CONFERENCE DINNER at Wagga Wagga RSL Club & GUEST SPEAKER
HAY & SILAGE COMPETITION – Sponsored by Integrated Packaging, New Holland Agriculture, Pioneer and NSW DPI Feed Quality Service. For further details phone Neil Griffiths on (02) 4939 8948.

Thursday 26 July

8:30 am – Session 4
‘Phosphorus in the landscape: a sustainable phosphorus future for Australian pastures’ Dr Richard Simpson, Senior Research Scientist, CSIRO Plant Industry.
‘Grassgro helped me fine tune my farming system, how can it help you?’ Oliver Cay, Producer, Cooma.
‘Why fertilise native pastures?’ Doug Alcock, Livestock Officer (Sheep and Wool), NSW DPI, Cooma.
POSTER PAPERS, MORNING TEA & TRADE DISPLAYS
11:00 am – Session 5
‘Effect of fertiliser on the productivity and persistence of perennial native grasses.’ Mike Keys, Agronomist, Chris Houghton Agricultural, Queanbeyan.
‘Intensive rotational grazing can improve profitability and environmental outcomes.’ Warwick Badgery, Research Agronomist, NSW DPI, Orange Agricultural Institute.
‘Perennial pasture species for the mixed farming zone – we don’t have many options’. Richard Hayes, Research Agronomist, NSW DPI, Wagga Wagga Agricultural Institute.
LUNCH & TRADE DISPLAYS
1:20 pm – Session 6
‘How a new decision support tool helps mixed farmers make pasture sowing decisions, to cover crop or sow alone.’ Jeff McCormick, Research Agronomist, NSW DPI, Wagga Wagga Agricultural Institute.
‘Increasing the proportion of female lambs by supplementary feeding oats high in omega-6 fatty acids at joining.’ Dr Edward Clayton, Livestock Research Officer, Ruminant Nutrition, NSW DPI, Wagga Wagga Agricultural Institute.
‘Q&A, what’s the driving force behind our next generation of farmers? A 1 hour facilitated session to close the conference, with 4 to 6 <40 year old farmers discussing what is driving them in agriculture. What did they get out of the conference?’Facilitated by Phil Graham.
CLOSE & AFTERNOON TEA

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