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

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

Last newsletter for 2016

The last newsletter for 2016 has just come out and as usual is chock full of great info. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and fantastic seasons for 2017.

Volume 31, Number 4, 2016 (pdf file 3575kb)

  • Editorial – Carol Harris
  • Pasture Update Reports
  • Producing store lambs on a Microlaena stipoides dominated pasture – the impact of grazing management and stocking rate – NP Linden, ML Mitchell, S Norng and LL Slocombe
  • Temperate perennial pasture establishment guide now available online
  • Farming Together
  • Merino Superior Sires – New edition now available
  • How to manage grass seeds
  • Research Update
  • AGnVet, Grassland Society of NSW and Auswest Seeds Holbrook Field Day
  • From the President – David Harbison

Third Newsletter for 2016 now online

The latest issue of the Society Newsletter (Vol31, No.3) is now online.

Volume 31, Number 3, 2016 (pdf file 1449kb)

  • Editorial – Carol Harris
  • Liveweight gain by cattle grazing native pasture or improved pasture sown on rehabilitated mine
    land – Upper Hunter study – Neil Griffiths, Lester McCormick and Neil Nelson
  • Upcoming Pasture Updates
  • Research Update
  • Barbervax – the state of play – David Smith
  • MLA to host forum on red meat industry’s digital future
  • Magnesium defciency in livestock – Nigel Brown
  • From the President – David Harbison

Remember, if your subscription is due for next year, you may now pay online.  See our membership page for more information on our online payment option or just click the green “Join Now” button on the right hand side.

Second 2016 newsletter now online

The latest edition of the Society newsletter is now available online to members and features heaps of great info as usual.

Volume 31, Number 2, 2016 (pdf file 20686kb)

  • Editorial – Carol Harris
  • Pasture Updates – what’s new
  • LambEx 2016
  • Three things you need to know when grazing crops- Shawn McGrath
  • Russian wheat aphid
  • Research Update
  • Not just bees: the buzz on our other vital insect
    helpers – Romina Rader, Manu Saunders and Saul Cunningham
  • History of Grassland Society of NSW – the first 30
    years – Malcolm Campbell and Carol Harris
  • From the President – David Harbison

Note that those interesting in attending LambEx 2016 should be aware that financial members of the Grassland Society are eligible for a $150 cash back on the registration fee but you need to act quickly as registrations are just about closed.

First newsletter for 2016 now online

The first newsletter for 2016 is now online so check it out at the link below (or via the Publications menu above).

Some great reading including information on the upcoming Australian Grassland Association Symposium in Armidale on June 7th-9th.

Volume 31, Number 1, 2016 (pdf file 1016kb)

  • Editorial – Carol Harris
  • Is it time to revisit management of soil acidity? – Helen Burns and Dr Mark Norton
  • The end of summer – assessing the outlook for 2016 in northern NSW – Sean Murphy and Lester McCormick
  • Bureau of Meteorology Climate Outlook for March to May 2016
  • The influence of herbicides on soil fungi in grazing systems
  • Research Update
  • Doing the numbers on ewes – reprinted from
  • Grass seed management starts now – reprinted from
  • From the President – David Harbison

Newsletter V30_#3 is now online

New edition of the Society Newsletter is now online:


Volume 30, Number 3, 2015 (pdf file 940kb)

  • Editorial – Carol Harris
  • Faces from the Conference
  • Number and nitrogen fixation capacity of rhizobia in soils
  • Rural women to Gather in the Glen
  • A hungrier, wealthier, choosier, smarter, riskier world: five challenges for Australian agriculture -Sandra Eady and Stefan Hajkowicz
  • MLA delivers new look website
  • Research Update
  • Carbon neutral farming at Talaheni Yass, NSW – Natalie Doran-Browne
  • From the President’s Desk – David Harbison

June’15 Newsletter now online

The latest issue of the Society Newsletter is now online.

Lots of interesting reading so check it out at the link below:

Volume 30, Number 2, 2015 (pdf file 2400kb)

  • Editorial – Carol Harris
  • 2015 Annual Conference – Making Pastures Pay
  • Glen Innes Pasture Update a success
  • Drought, floods and a whole lot else: the lived experience of farm households
  • Grassland Society of NSW Travel Grants
  • Research Update
  • Winter Crop Variety Sowing Guide 2015 now available
  • Are you the next Nuffield?
  • Target 100 celebrates 3rd birthday
  • From the President’s Desk – David Harbison