Earlybird Tickets – Conference 3-4 July

MEDIA RELEASE: Monday 6th May 2019

2019 Grassland Conference Earlybird Tickets On Sale NOW

The biennial two day Conference will be held on 3 – 4 July 2019 in Gunnedah, NSW.The theme of the 2019 Conference is “Renewed focus on livestock systems for resilience – the swing back to forages”.

It is an occasion for Primary Producers in North West NSW to come together and consider opportunities to grow.

Grassland NSW Conference Convenor, George Truman said, “The Conference is a premier event for producers managing pasture and livestock systems. It is a two-day
event that will educate, inform, connect and provide opportunities to consider to improve your own business.”  The two day Conference is comprised of a series of sessions and presentations.  These include: Climate Change and Variability, Economics – Producers Changing – the swing to forages, Livestock Production Systems and Livestock Nutrition as well as Livestock and Plant Genetics. Special Speaker Presentations will give delegates insight into current perspectives, drought conditions and opportunities.

“The drought is still biting and many producers are still very busy feeding, the organisers of the conference recognise the situation and have put together a producer panel, to discuss how they managed the drought and the opportunities they were able take advantage of.”

Bus trips and farm tours are on the agenda along with the opportunity to network at the Conference Dinner. Our after-dinner speaker, Greg Mills. GoAhead Business Solutions, will be addressing Social License, which has been hitting the headlines in recent months.

“We encourage you to be at the forefront of your pasture and livestock systems, by attending the 2019 Grassland Conference,” said George Truman.

Special drought discounted Earlybird Tickets are now on sale and there are a range of ticket package options. An Earlybird FULL CONFERENCE PASS is valued at $265
(Member)/ $335 (Non-Member). It provides unlimited access to daily sessions, plus Conference Dinner and Bus tour. SINGLE DAY passes are also available for $115
(Member)/$175 per day (Non-Member). Conference Dinner, Bus Tour and Student tickets also available.

For a full list of Ticket options and to BOOK NOW at special drought discounted EARLYBIRD prices visit Grassland Society of NSW website:  www.grasslandnsw.com.au


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2015 Conference Proceedings



The Proceedings of the 29th Annual Conference are now available online.

Members only so you will need to login to view any of the documents.  If you need assistance with logging in, please contact us here.

Register now to attend the 2015 Conference

Registrations are now open for the Grassland Society of NSW 29th Annual Conference – MAKING PASTURES PAY
14–16 July 2015, Goulburn Soldiers Club

Click here to download the Flyer and Registration Form

Costs are listed on the Registration Form – full conference package for members is $260 but other options are available.


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



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

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.

Letter from President

11 June 2013


Dear Members

This note is to keep you up to date with several developments in the Society relating to the remainder of this year.

1.    The annual subscription will rise from $50.00 to $60.00 as from 1 July 2013. As many of you will know, our subscriptions have not altered for several years as we attempt to keep costs down. Costs however do trend up, rather than the other direction, and for this reason we have reluctantly made the decision to increase our annual sub. Our Society subscription is cheaper than comparable societies in Australia and overseas and I believe that at $60.00 per year, it represents excellent value. The sub covers four newsletters each year, a very informative members only internet site, the conference proceedings and the opportunity to attend local activities at a reduced cost compared with non-members.

2.    As we have advised in previous newsletters, there will be no annual Grassland Society conference this year. The reason for making this decision is to give the International Grassland Congress to be held in Sydney in September a clear run to attract sponsors and attendees. Details of this important event appeared in the previous newsletter (volume 28, number 1, 2013) with registration information available here.

In place of the conference, a series of pasture update meetings will take place across NSW, thanks to funds provided by MLA. Dates and venues are yet to be finalised as they are to some degree dependant on completion of the DPI restructure. At the time of writing this letter, we are unsure of the availability of relevant people, able to take part in these meetings.

On more general matters, I trust seasonal conditions are improved for all members, with recent welcome rain and the opportunity to sow crop and pasture.

We encourage letters to the editor on most topics, so if you have any thoughts you would like to air through this newsletter, I am sure our editor would like to hear from you.

With best wishes to all members


Mick Duncan

The Grassland Society of NSW

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Conference at Wagga – map/directions

Just to help out those who are planning to attend this year’s conference at Wagga, please see the following resources below:
Wagga Wagga Local Information

Wagga’s population is estimated at 62,871 people. Wagga is accessible from Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney via the Hume and Sturt Highways.

The Murrumbidgee River flows through the heart of the city. The centre of Wagga houses a bustling shopping precinct with all of the modern conveniences.

The Riverina is one of the most productive and diverse agricultural regions in the country, giving rise to our claim as the “food bowl of Australia”. There are numerous wineries, excellent restaurants and gourmet food producers for you to visit.

Situated in the beautiful Eunony Valley just North of Wagga Wagga this trail features 3 wineries and an olive grove all within easy travelling distance of each other. Charles Sturt Uni is one of the oldest olive groves in Australia, producing award winning olive oil.

Conference Venue

The Conference will be held at CSU, Joyes Hall, Wagga Wagga. Unrestricted parking is available on Pine Gully Road.  See Town Map and CSU Map for more details on location.

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Accommodation Options

  • Wagga RSL Motel, 156 Kincaid Street, Wagga Wagga. Reservations: 1300 79 70 79

Note: Conference Dinner is being held at the Wagga RSL Club, Dobbs Street, Wagga Wagga Ph: 02 69213624 or www.waggarsl.com.au (next door to Wagga RSL Motel)

Other motels in close proximity to Wagga RSL Club are:

  • Lincoln Cottage (02) 6925 3833,  337 Edward Street
  • Boulevarde 1800 255 388,  305 Edward Street
  • Heritage (02) 6921 4099,  244-248 Edward Street


The mean monthly maximum temperature is 22.1 degrees Celsius and the mean minimum is 9.0 degrees Celsius. Mornings are frosty – the days are sunny and cool.

Transport options

  • Air – Rex and Qantas operate numerous flights into Wagga Airport at Forest Hill. Suggest not flying on the morning of the Conference as fog can delay flights and be redirected.
  • Rail and Coach – Countrylink – 13 22 32, Greyhound – 1300 473 946 and Firefly – 1300 730 740 provide coach services from Melbourne through to Sydney.
  • Road:  Wagga to Sydney 4.37 hrs 455kms;  Wagga to Melbourne 5.14 hrs 510kms;  Wagga to Canberra 2.45 hrs 254kms

For more information on accommodation or transport, please contact Wagga Visitor Information Centre on (02) 6926 9621.