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.
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