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Final 2018 Newsletter now online

The final newsletter for 2018 is now available:

Volume 33, Number 4, 2018 (pdf file 828kb)

  • Editorial – Carol Harris
  • Pasture Update Reports
  • Cattle adaption to dual-purpose canola – Dr Jeff McCormick, Dr Shawn McGrath and John Paulet
  • Weed control prior to sowing pasture
  • Research Update
  • Fertiliser at sowing
  • From the President – David Harbison

From all of us at the Society, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year – and most importantly better weather for 2019.

Latest newsletter now online

The latest newsletter is now online at the link below.  As usual it has lots of very useful information for all of us.

Volume 33, Number 3, 2018 (pdf file 955kb)

  • Editorial – Carol Harris
  • The Grassland Society of NSW sponsors GRASS program
  • Establishing pastures – Soil issues affecting pastures
  • Establishing pastures – Pasture species selection
  • Research Update
  • Largest ever remote monitoring project kicks off
  • Automation could be the way of the future for shearing sheds
  • Updated drought guide available now
  • From the President – David Harbison

Of particular interest to those still struggling with drought across the state, will be the updated version of the “Managing and Preparing for Drought (August 2018)”.  Details within the newsletter but to make it easier for everyone, you can use this direct link to download the publication. Further information on Drought Assistance and other resources is available at the DPI DroughtHub.

2019 Science and Innovation Awards

2019 Science and Innovation Awards
for Young People in Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry 

Grant applications now open!


Applications are now open for the 2019 Science and Innovation Awards.  If you’re 18-35, this is your chance to apply for a grant of up to $22,000 (inc GST) to fund your project on an innovative or emerging scientific issue that will benefit Australia’s primary industries.

There’s 13 industry award categories available in the 2019 round – cotton; dairy; eggs and poultry (layers); established, new and emerging rural industries; fisheries and aquaculture; forest and wood products; grains; health and biosecurity; meat and livestock; pork; red meat processing; viticulture and oenology; and wool.

Applications close on Friday 12 October 2018. The Award winners will be publicly recognised as part of the ABARES Outlook 2019 conference in Canberra in March 2019.

Since they were launched in 2001, the Science and Innovation Awards have helped more than 230 young researchers, innovators and scientists turn their ideas into reality through more than $3.7 million in grant funding. Be a part of the 2019 round and apply today!

Winners of the industry category Science Awards are then invited to apply for the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources’ Award, which provides additional funding for an extended research project.


Interested in applying for a 2019 Science and Innovation Award grant? To be eligible you must:

  1. be between the ages of 18 and 35 (inclusive) on Friday 12 October 2018.
  2. be Australian citizens or permanent residents (proof required) by the closing date.
  3. be working, employed or studying in an agriculture, fisheries or forestry related industry (including food and sustainable natural resource management). Proof such as a letter of employment, scholarship or pay slip may be requested.
  4. not be employed by a sponsoring organisation in the award category they are applying for, and not have an immediate family member (eg a sibling or parent) who is employed by a sponsoring organisation in their selected award category.
  5. not be employed by an Australian Government agency classified as a Non-Corporate Commonwealth Entity under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013.


  • Employees of entities that are classified as Corporate Commonwealth entities are eligible for the Awards.
  • Employees of entities classified as Non Corporate Commonwealth entities are ineligible for the Awards.
  • Corporate Commonwealth entities are legally separate from the Commonwealth, whereas non-Corporate Commonwealth entities are part of the Commonwealth (see PGPA Act, Section 11).
  • For advice on the entities and how your employer is classified, visit the Department of Finance’s website.

If you are unsure about your eligibility, please contact the Science Awards team at

Latest newsletter is now online

The latest issue of the newsletter (Vol33/No2) is now online with some very useful information particularly during these very dry times.

Volume 33, Number 2, 2018 (pdf file 890kb)

  • Editorial – Carol Harris
  • Grong Grong (Berrembed) Pasture Update report
  • When the going gets tough the Drought Feed Calculator (DFC) gets downloaded
  • Understanding your feedtest
  • What you need to know about soil testing
  • Soil issues affecting pastures
  • From the President – David Harbison


Note: for those who want to check out the Drought Feed Calculator, it can be downloaded for Android here and for Apple here.

First newsletter for 2018 now online

The first newsletter for 2018 has just been released and as usual is full of interesting and informative articles. Check it out:

Volume 33, Number 1, 2018 (pdf file 935kb)

  • Editorial – Carol Harris
  • Moree Pasture Update report
  • Livestock Productivity Program expanded
  • New drought indicator safe-guarding farmers
  • Understanding combined drought indicator phases  (click here for link to CDI page)
  • How many farm injuries result in hospitalisation?
  • NSW seed in doomsday vault
  • Research Update
  • Factors to consider before sowing a temperate pasture  (click here for DPI Pasture Establishment Guide)
  • Pasture establishment budgets
  • From the President – David Harbison

Last newsletter for 2017 now online

The latest (and last for 2017) newsletter is now online with lots of great information as usual.

Volume 32, Number 4, 2017 (pdf file 2150kb)

  • Editorial – Carol Harris
  • 2017 Biennial Conference Report – David Harbison
  • Pasture Update Reports
  • Response of white clover (Trifolium repens) varieties and ecotypes to phosphorus on the Northern Tablelands of New South Wales – Graeme Blair
  • New Guidelines for Snakebites
  • Research Update
  • Australia is a red meat nation: Inaugural Industry Report
  • From the President – David Harbison

Wishing everyone a happy and prosperous New Year with the right amount of rain falling just when you need it.

Latest newsletter now online

The latest issue of the newsletter is now online and as usual is jam-packed with information for everyone.

For those who work closely with livestock, I urge you to read the Q Fever article and assess whether you need to take steps to protect yourself from this debilitating disease – better safe than sorry.

The other very useful item in the newsletter regards the pasture trial network which aims to publish information about pasture varieties to help everyone make informed and objective decisions.

Volume 32, Number 3, 2017 (pdf file 3720kb)

  • Editorial – Carol Harris
  • How much do you know about Q Fever?
  • Role and management of oats and short term ryegrasses – Mick Duncan
  • Grassland Society of NSW Pasture Update at Tooraweenha
  • Tropical pasture makes beneficial changes to poor soil – Robert Banks
  • Feedback sought on horse identification
  • DPI Research boosts lamb production 20 per cent
  • Research Update
  • Pasture data now at producers’ fingertips
  • From the President – David Harbison

Latest newsletter now online

The latest issue of the newsletter (2nd for the year) is now online. This one has information about the conference and some re-caps of the recent Pasture Updates so if you missed out on attending these fantastic events, check it out online:

Volume 32, Number 2, 2017 (pdf file 4640kb)

  • Editorial – Carol Harris
  • 2017 Grassland Society of NSW Conference
  • 2017 Glen Innes Pasture Update a success
  • Something old, something new and something borrowed
  • Speaker summaries from the Bega Pasture Update
  • Research Update
  • Booming wool prices: hype or reality – John Ive
  • More messages from the Manildra Pasture Update
  • From the President – David Harbison

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.