Call for Papers – International Grassland Congress 2023

The Organizing Committee of the XXV International Grassland Congress invites submissions for volunteer oral, posters, and thematic sessions to be presented
at this global conference, to be held in Kentucky, U.S. from May 14-19, 2023.
The congress provides a platform to share cutting edge science and practices in
management of the planet’s grasslands, interact with researchers from over 80
countries, and offer participants the opportunity to see grasslands from across the
United States through pre- and post-Congress tours.

Click here to download the IGC 2023 Call for Presentations Document

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Latest newsletter (Vol.35/No.1) now out

The latest issue of the newsletter is now online:

Volume 35, Number 1, Dec 2020 (pdf file 2180 kb)

  • From the President – Pete Wilson
  • Alternative Fertiliser Pasture Study Findings-8
  • Editors Note – Carol Harris
  • New approaches to managing soil acidity: Field sites established – what, where and why? – Helen Burns and Jason Condon
  • Pasture Dieback Identification Guide Released
  • Is there a critical phalaris (Phalaris aquatica) density to determine when to resow a  asture? – Jeff McCormick, Zoe Lynch and Jason Condon
  • Research Update
  • Lime on established perennial pasture keeps on giving: Case Study – Hicks Beef
  • Cultivating a shared vision for Agricultural Innovation
  • From the President – David Harbison
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Upcoming field day at Tamworth

You are invited to join us at the Tamworth Agricultural Institute to hear about some of the latest research in tropical pastures, dual purpose crops, Chilean needle grass management and automated livestock weighing.

See flyer with more information here: Pastures for Livestock Production Field Day Flyer

For information about registering to attend this free event, please see the event listing here:

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Tropical Pasture Technical Update

Tropical Pasture Technical Update. North West Local Land Services and the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) held a tropical pasture technical update in Tamworth in June  2021, presenting the latest research in pasture systems and grazing management.

Link to the video presentation is here:


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Urgent Conference Update

The conference committee has had to make the very difficult decision to offer the conference as virtual only.

If you have already booked for the live event, full or partial refunds will be organized.

The virtual conference will cost $120 –

Click here to download the updated 021 Grassland Society of NSW Virtual Conference Flyer/Program

Registration will give you:

  • live virtual attendance
  • conference proceedings and bus tour booklets
  • recording of the conference for future reference
  • conference satchel
  • sponsors promotional material material
  • seat on the farm tour bus with lunch, morning and afternoon tea (date to be set)


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Weeds Survey – please help

This survey will help identify the key weeds for a new NSW DPI research project which aims to  develop an autonomous robot capable of finding and then selectively spraying the target weed in a pasture.

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Get ready for the Conference

The conference is coming up in July (20th/21st) so now is the time to think about getting a paper ready to present.

Information on the Conference will be posted here as it becomes available.

If you would like to submit a paper or poster, please see the Call for Papers guidelines here.  Final drafts should be submitted by the 12th April.


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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.


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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


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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
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