Glen Innes pasture update attracted an audience from a wide area

The pasture update focused on pasture establishment, including planting machinery, results from comparative trials on a range of alternative fertilizers. Advances in precision agriculture were also covered.The day started out with formal presentations in the morning discussion on the range of pasture machinery and then the afternoon followed with two farm visits, the first was at Sam and Bea Bakers “Yiri North” and the Burridge family property “Glendon Vale”.

Speakers on the day were Fiona Leech, South East Local Land Services, Lewis Kahn AIMS Ag, Cameron Allan, Meat and Livestock Australia, Mark Trotter, UNE and Mick Duncan, pasture agronomist. Mark Pietsch “Yarraford Station”, joined the speakers during the panel session.

The NSW Pasture Update series is coordinated by The Grassland Society of NSW Inc. and funded by Meat and Livestock Australia. The Grassland Society partners with other organisations to deliver the Updates across the state. The Grassland Society is pleased to have been able to partner with GLENRAC to present the Glen Innes Pasture Update 15 May 2015.

More info and links to presentations from the day are also available at the Glenrac website here.

Glen Innes Pasture Update 15 May 2015

Sam Baker “Yirri North” explaining to attendees at the Pasture Update how he establishes pastures.


Mick Duncan Agronomist Armidale, speaking on pasture establishment at “Yirri North”.

Glen Innes Pasture Update 15 May 2015

A large display of equipment at the pasture update held at NSW DPI, Glen Innes Research and Advisory station.

Tillage radish at Glen Innes pasture update

The large crowd of attendees, at the Pasture Update, inspecting the tillage radish forage crop at “Glendon Vale”.

Ranald and Henry Burridge "Glendon Vale" Pasture Update

Ranald and Henry Burridge “Glendon Vale” discussed their choice of tillage radish at the Glen Innes Pasture Update.

The Panel at Glen Innes

The Panel at the Glen Innes Pasture Update, L to R: Lewis Kahn Aims Ag, Mark Trotter UNE, Mark Pietsch “Yarraford Station”, Fiona Leech South East Local Land Services, Mick Duncan Agronomist Armidale.

Pasture Update – Bathurst

Central Tableland producers have the opportunity to hear the latest in pasture research for their area at the Grassland Society of NSW Pasture Update funded by MLA and supported by Central Tablelands Local Land Services.



  • Linda Hygate (MLA) – MLA’s investment in the southern feedbase pastures
  • David Harbison (DR Agriculture) -Soil nutrition and pasture health for Tablelands
  • Dr Belinda Hackney (Charles Sturt Uni) – Pasture legumes for the Tablelands – what’s new?
  • Dr Warwick Badgery, Research Scientist – Grazing technologies/methods to utilise or manage feed in Tablelands pasture systems
  • Dr Mark Trotter (Uni of New England)- Precision Agriculture technologies for pasture systems

Pasture walk at MLA’s Pasture Variety Trial site (in the afternoon) – Ian & Amanda Stonestreet’s property, “Rainecourt” Greghamstown, via Blayney

Time: 9.15am (registration) – 3.15pm
Venue: Morning talks at Panthers Bathurst, Bathurst. Afternoon pasture walk at MLA Pasture Variety Trial site, Blayney
Admission: $20. Includes lunch and morning tea
RSVP: 27th May 2014, Janelle Witschi, 0408 612 235

A bus will run to the trial site if there is enough interest. Please bring a hat, sturdy shoes and jacket for the afternoon session.


Pasture Update at Bingara

Grassland Society of NSW Pasture Update – Better Pastures for a Variable Climate


$15 for members, $25 for non-members includes lunch and morning tea and return bus trip to “Glenayr”
RSVP: 6 November, please contact: Janelle Witschi 0408 612 235 or email

FLYER AND REGISTRATION FORM – cick here to download


  • Linda Hygate (Project Manager, Meat & Livestock Australia) – MLA’s investment in the southern feedbase
  • Robin Dobos and Hutton Oddy (Research Officers, Armidale Beef Centre, NSW DPI) – Maximising red meat production on tropical grasses
  • Mick Duncan (Agronomist, Northern Agriculture, Armidale) – Managing legume nutrition with phosphorus and sulphur
  • Elizabeth Hartley and Greg Gemell (Technical Officers – Inoculants and Rhizobia, NSW DPI, Ourimbah) – Improving nodulation. Have we got the rhizobia right?
  • Lester McCormick (Leader, Coastal & Temperate Pasture Systems, NSW DPI Tamworth) – Establishment opportunities using hard seeded legumes
  • Luc Farago (Team Leader, Strategic Land Services, BRG CMA, Inverell) – Native vegetation – what are the changes?
  • Phil Butler, “Glen Ayr” – The “Glen Ayr” operation. Phil describes his program of integrating tropical perennial grasses into his grazing system.
  • Carol Harris (Research Agronomist, Glen Innes) and Suzanne Boschma (Snr Research Scientist, Tamworth, NSW DPI) – Latest research on temperate and tropical legumes and trial site inspection

Pasture Update at Trangie

Please see the Events Calendar for info on the upcoming Pasture Update.


Download the Flyer and Registration Form here – $15 for Society Members (includes morning tea, lunch and the bus tour) or $25 for non-members.

Evergraze Information Day – Orange, 14th November 2012

Farmers and agricultural advisers will be getting the real deal on how to best manage grazing systems to take advantage of available feed and seasonal conditions at a free information day at the Orange Agricultural Institute (OAI) on Wednesday November 14.

Download the flyer for this day here (pdf file 1.5BM)

NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) research agronomist, Warwick Badgery, said participants would receive reliable data based on four years of rigorous research from the EverGraze® More livestock from perennials project.

“We’ve explored rotational and set stocking management to give farmers the information they need to get the most from their native pastures,” Dr Badgery said.

“Working with local producers the EverGraze project focussed on making a profit from livestock production while ensuring that natural resource management delivered environmental benefits.

“The information being presented will allow producers to make important decisions on whether to use set stocking or rotational grazing systems and how to best apply grazing management strategies on their farms.

“It’s about the efficient allocation of resources to meet production objectives.” Dr Badgery will also discuss the role of precision agriculture in boosting profitabliity and environmental outcomes.

DPI agronomist, Belinda Hackney, has studied the effect of soil and climate on pasture production and will outline how her findings can be applied on farm.

To complement the DPI presentations, CSIRO senior principle research scientist, Richard Simpson, will discuss the use of phosphorous to boost pasture production, future global phosphorous availability and the potential impact on local production.

Questions from the floor will be welcomed at the conclusion of the three presentations.

Following lunch at the OAI Training Centre, buses will take participants to inspect the EverGraze research site near Panuara.

EverGraze® is a Future Farm Industries CRC research and delivery partnership between NSW DPI, Australian Wool Innovation, Charles Sturt University, Department of Agriculture and Food WA, DPI Vic and Meat & Livestock Australia Limited.

Producers should register to attend the information day, which starts at 9.30 am, by telephoning OAI, 6391 3800 or by email to

Good attendance at tropical grass field day at Purlewaugh

Bill Manning District Agronomist I&I Gunnedah discussing the importance of nitrogen

A field day held at Purlewaugh by the Grasslands Society (NW Branch) in conjunction with Brownhill Cup Committee, NSW Dept Industry and Investment and the Liverpool Plains Land Management was well attended by 150+ people in March earlier this year.



The day held at Sam and Megan Clifton’s property focused on tropical grasses, their management and associated animal nutrition and management.  Zero tillage on mixed properties and mixed soils was also discussed. 

Field Day – Rejuvenating Pastures

The Grassland Society of NSW Central Branch invites everyone to a field day on Thursday 30th July 2009.  Download the flyer here or see the details below:


Options for run down pastures

Field will be held on Thursday 30th July 2009 at “Gundawanna”, Belgravia road Molong.
Directions:  Take the Euchareena road out of Molong, follow the road left after the Golf Course ends and turn right onto the Belgravia Rd in 200m. Follow this for approx 6 km.

Discussions include:

  • How to assess paddocks for priority action
  • Weeds – Winter cleaning, spray topping options
  • Manipulating pastures by fertiliser, weed control and grazing management
  • Pasture species selection
  • Economics of re-sowing pastures
  • Re-sowing pastures?…..The 8 steps to getting it right the first time!


2.30 pm Meet at “Gundawanna”
3.30 pm Pasture species trial site visit ? Chris & Gordon Blowes, Molong
4.30 pm Molong Bowling Club – Early BBQ and guest speakers
7.00 pm Anticipated close.

PLEASE RSVP for Catering purposes by Wednesday 29th July to Linda Ayres, NSW DPI, 6391 3800 / 0413 889 318 or David Harbison 0408 820 467

Grassland Extravaganza – Bredbo

Late Notice for this field day to be held at Bredbo on the 30th November – YES, this Sunday so not much time.  BBQ lunch and refreshments will be available and vegetation/wildlife experts on hand to consult.  See the flyer for program and location details:

Download the Flyer here for more information ( pdf file 1.1MB in size) or go to the website at

The field day will be put on by K2C  (Kosciuszko 2 Coast) – a community partnership established to help landholders reconnect isolated woodlands and grasslands between Kosciuszko and Namadgi National Parks and the coastal forests of the Far South Coast.


Upcoming Field Days

Just a reminder that the two major NSW (and Australian) agricultural field days are coming up.

First up is AgQuip – held at Gunneday every August and with over 100,000 visitors, said to be biggest of any rural field day in the country.  This year, AgQuip will be held on the 19th – 21st August.  For more information, please see the AgQuip website.

Not far behind is the Australian National Field Days which in 2008, will take place from Tuesday 21st to Thursday 23rd October at Borenore, 15kms west of Orange on the central tablelands of NSW.   The ANFD is Australia’s oldest annual agricultural exhibition where visitors can see a vast range of agricultural machinery, implements, services and ideas from over 600 exhibitors.  For more information, please see the ANFD website

Well worth a visit!