International Grassland Congress

22nd International Grasslands Congress
Sydney | 15 – 19 September 2013


Just letting you all know about some important information on the upcoming International Grassland Congress (

a)  Everyone is encouraged to register their interest in the IGC on the website now so that you can be entered into the database and notified when registrations open.


b)  Anyone interested in being considered for an oral presentation at the IGC should submit their abstract NOW – this closes on April 30, 2012 – so there is not much time left.

The Congress aims to present a program which is participative, innovative, stimulating, thought-provoking and enriching by offering networking and learning opportunities to new and experienced, Grassland scientists, Extension workers, Postgraduate students and some undergraduate students, Agri-business professionals, policy makers and leading livestock producers and farmers from all over the world.

As you would all appreciate, this will be the largest grassland conference ever held in southern Australia so mark it on the calendar.

Contact details and email form available here:


Call for Papers – 2012 Conference

Authors are invited to submit papers for this year’s conference.

Please see the attached document in this link for further information.

An abstract or summary must be submitted by the 12th March with the completed paper required by 22nd April.

Further information is available from the Conference Organising Committee – contact

2011 Conference Proceedings now online for members

An electronic version of the 2011 Conference Proceedings is now available online to members only(access using username and password).  Lots of extremely informative papers to keep you at the cutting edge of grasslands research and management. For details on applying for membership of the Grassland Society of NSW see the Membership page.

Click on the Cover Image to view the contents of the full proceedings. Click on the individual paper title to download.

NOTE: you will need to use your membership number to login for access to these documents – please contact us if you are unsure of your login details. As usual, do not enter your details until prompted – a login box will pop up when you attempt to access a document stored in the “members only” area of this website.

First and final call for papers for 2012 Conference

This is the first and final call for poster papers for the 27th Annual Conference of the Grassland Society of NSW.

Contributions to the conference take two forms, ‘Invited theme papers’ and ‘Contributed and Poster papers’, both have strict page limits. Submitting a Contributed or Poster paper represents a commitment to preparet a short paper for inclusion in the Conference Proceedings, one of the contributing authors to attend the Conference and to displaying an accompanying poster (size – approximately 110 cm length x 80 cm width).

Please click here to download the full instructions for authors and sample paper. Papers must be prepared using the Template provided. Please click here to download a copy of the Template.

We have a policy of printing the Conference Proceedings for distribution at the Conference, allowing delegates the opportunity to read the papers as/before they are presented. As we require considerable lead time for editing, proof reading and printing, the deadline of 22 April 2012 is the ABSOLUTE FINAL DEADLINE for acceptance of all papers. Submission as soon as possible would assist the Editorial Committee, and would be greatly appreciated.

Papers are to be submitted electronically to the Secretary with two electronic referee’s reports. Once received papers will be checked to ensure compliance with the above guidelines. Non-complying papers will be returned to the author(s); complying papers will be edited, but will only be returned to authors for final revision if this is necessary. Acceptance for inclusion in the Conference is at the discretion of the Editorial Committee.

Please electronically submit your abstract or summary by 12 March 2012 and your full paper in electronic format with referee’s reports by 22 April 2012 to:

Janelle Witschi

Any enquiries should be directed to the above or contact:

Secretary Grassland Society NSW
PO Box 471, Orange NSW 2800
Phone: (02) 6369 0011

Thank you for considering submittng a Contributed or Poster paper to the Grassland Society of NSW Annual Conference. We look forward to receiving your paper.

Grassland Society of NSW Celebrates 25 years

At the recent Grassland Society of NSW Annual Conference at Dubbo (July 28-29), the Society celebrated 25 years as an organisation.  Malcolm Campbell, the Grassland Society Secretary for 17 years (1985-2002) and Life Member entertained the conference delegates at the dinner with an address on the history of the society over the past 25 years.  A copy of Malcolm’s address will be printed in the next edition of the newsletter.  More conference highlights will be posted soon

Malcolm Campbell toasting the Grassland Society of NSW at the Conference dinner on July 28 at Dubbo. Photo Jenene Kidston.

IBC2011 International Botanical Congress

The Australian botanical community invites you to Melbourne, Australia in July 2011 to participate in the XVIII International Botanical Congress. Australia has a vibrant scientific community active across all botanical disciplines and its researchers play a prominent and highly collaborative role in international biological sciences.

IBC2011 will be held in Melbourne from 23-30th July 2011.

Proposals for symposia under the following themes are due by 31st March 2010:

  • Systematics, evolution, biogeography
  • Ecology, environmental change and conservation
  • Structure, development and cellular biology
  • Genetics, genomics and bioinformatics
  • Physiology and biochemistry
  • Biotechnology, agriculture and plant breeding

Please see this pdf file for more information about suggesting Symposia IBC2011.    Suggestions may be made online or by using the contact details in the file.

9th Sheep & Wool Congress

CaptureThe 9th World Sheep and Wool Congress will take place in Sydney at the Rosehill Gardens Event Centre over four days during April 2010 and will include Congress sessions with a trade exhibition showcasing innovative products and the latest developments in the wool, sheep meat, fashion and textile design industries.

The Congress program also includes an exciting social itinerary with fine food, wine and entertainment, a Welcome and International Reception and Trade Exhibition, The Australian Wool Fashion Awards Cocktail Reception and a Congress Dinner Cruise on Sydney Harbour. The Congress presents a forum for active discussion and debate on the future and opportunities of the sheepmeat and wool industries.

For updated information on the Congress program, trade show and exhibition, accommodation, registration and travel information, please check the Congress website or contact the Congress Event Organisers: Quadrant Australia.

Quadrant Australia

Mongolia Tour – July 2008

Those members who read Mike Key’s report on his trip to China to attend the 21st International Grassland Congress in the newsletter earlier this year, may be interested to read more about the region in this Travel Report by Sally Green.

Sally and Des attended the Post Conference Tour of Mongolia and found it extremely interesting if not a little tiring due to the long travel times needed to get around the area – see the third photo below as an example.

To read more about this Conference Tour, please download the pdf file below:

Mongolian Tour_July08

Sally has also provided some great photos of the tour – click below to view them.  The Nadaam Games were a highlight of the tour – see more info about this traditional festival in this Wikipedia article.

Nadaam Games 2008 - Mongolia

Nadaam Games 2008 (Mongolia) - a traditional festival featuring wrestling, horse racing and archery competitions.

Typical scene in Mongolia

Horses are very important culturally in Mongolia.

The road out of Ulanbaatar! Formed road was impassable so everyone drives across the pasture - see our two buses

The road out of Ulanbaatar! Formed road was impassable so everyone drives across the pasture - see our two buses

Taken on way back to UB near Tsterleg - typical Mongolian pasture.

Taken on way back to UB near Tsterleg - typical Mongolian pasture.

Newsletter Vol24 #2 now online

The second newsletter for 2009 is now online.  This one has some excellent articles covering fertilisers and pasture development as well as some useful information on the upcoming conference in August.

Volume 24, Number 2, 2009 (pdf file 573kb)

  • Editorial – Haydn Lloyd-Davies
  • The Grass is greener in the Manning Valley – Conference 2009, Taree – Ray Johnston
  • Alternative fertiliser options (PART 2) – Lisa Warn
  • New hard-seeded pasture legumes for crop-pasture rotations – Belinda Hackney, Brian Dear,
    Angelo Loi and Craig Rodham
  • Rural scene – Managing Pastures – Nathan Ferguson
  • Call for Papers – 2009 Conference, Taree – conference convenor
  • Rural scene – Getting clover back into pastures – Nigel Phillips
  • From the President’s Desk – Mick Duncan

You will need your login details to access the newsletter – if you do not know your username (surname) and membership number (printed on your newsletter address label), please contact the Secretary or Website Administrator for assistance.

Hay & Silage Competition 2012

As part of this years annual conference, a Hay and Silage feed quality competition has been organised which is open to all farmers in NSW – thousands of dollars worth of prizes are up for grabs and the results will be announced at the Conference Dinner.

Entries should be received by 15th June 2012 using the entry form provided here.


The aim of this competition 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.