Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

The Grassland Society of NSW would like to wish all of our members and friends a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

I usually put a fun and colourful christmas picture on these end of year posts but I dont think that is what is called for this year.

I think everyone would agree that what we all want for Christmas and then ongoing through the next year is rain and lots of it.

So here’s hoping for us all with this drawing by Anton Mauve from the late 19th century to set the mood:

 

For those who are struggling with drought, bushfires, and tough times, make sure you take a little time out over Christmas to look after yourself.
Wishing you all the best for a better 2020.

 

Last newsletter for 2019 now online

The last newsletter for 2019 is now online and as usual full of useful information.  Check it out below:

 

Volume 34, Number 4, 2019 (pdf file 5250kb)

  • Editorial – Carol Harris
  • Progress in research to develop a more P-efficient pasture system – Richard Simpson, Richard Hayes and Rebecca Haling
  • Post-drought lucerne pasture viability – how to assess trigger points to renovate – Jeff McCormick
  • Research Update
  • Vale Hugh Dove
  • NZ Grasslands Association Conference Report – Hamish Best
  • Be on the lookout for Pasture Dieback – Sarah Baker and Suzanne Boschma
  • From the President – David Harbison

 

Latest newsletter now online

Please see below for latest Society newsletter with lots of interesting reading.  Our newsletter editor Carol Harris has done a great job as usual with this issue marking 10 years in the editor’s job – we appreciate her hard work.

 

Volume 34, Number 3, 2019 (pdf file 4250kb)

  • Editorial – Carol Harris
  • Drought opportunities: producer panel session at Gunnedah – Jillian Kelly
  • 2019 Conference Report
  • Practical application of soil test benchmarks for phosphorus -Richard Simpson and Phil Graham
  • Research Update
  • UNE GRASS Program Update
  • Grazing lingo – what does it all mean
  • Acid soil management in the 21st century
  • From the President – David Harbison

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.

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.

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.

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.

Grazing App survey

Researchers from NSW DPI are developing a GrazingApp to guide grazing management decisions for sheep and cattle grazing. GrazingApp will budget feed on an individual paddock and whole farm basis. It has potential to improve the accuracy of grazing management decisions to reduce risk and enhance profit. To develop the tool that you need they want your help.

Go to http://www.grazingapp.com.au and fill in a short survey on what drives your grazing decisions. It will only take about 10 minutes of your time.

Pay your subs online

The Society is pleased to announce that members may now pay their annual subscription online by accessing our Payments page via the Green “Join Now” button on the right hand menu.

Payments are processed through the PayPal service so if you already have a PayPal account, you will be asked to log in to complete the payment quickly and easily.  For those members who do not have a PayPal account, simply choose the option to “Pay with a credit or debit card” which is located below the login area on the PayPal page – you can use your existing card to process the payment without having to sign up to PayPal.  Use the comments box to put your name or membership number so that your payment can be allocated to the correct person.

The existing payment options still remain so if you prefer to post a cheque or do a bank deposit, that is fine.  Just download the membership application form on the “Join Now” page to access these details.

The Grassland Society of NSW is pleased to be able to offer this additional option for convenient and secure online payments.