Livestock

Workshops to focus on good grazing management

By Alana Christensen

A series of free two-day workshops will focus on giving farmers the nuts and bolts around good grazing management.

Run by consultant Lisa Warn, the Agriculture Victoria workshops in Boort/Gredgwin and Elmore will explore a range of topics.

“Good grazing management is all about optimising conversion of pastures into livestock products at the least cost, while protecting the pasture base and soil," Ms Warn said.

“It is also about having flexibility to be able to respond to variable seasonal conditions.

“This workshop will provide producers with the skills and tools to allow them to make better decisions about seasonal management of pastures and stock, to improve productivity and manage risk.

“It will also cover practical tips on setting up and managing a rotational grazing system.”

Ms Warn said the workshops will have a whole farm focus and topics include:

  • The principles of grazing management and balancing the needs of pasture and livestock
  • The effects of different grazing systems on pasture growth, composition, persistence ground cover and livestock performance
  • Manipulating pasture composition with grazing
  • Management of specific species (eg native grasses, lucerne, phalaris, annuals) relevant to the region
  • Simple tools and benchmarks to help you plan and manage your grazing system.

Boort/Gredgwin workshop

Date Address

Registration

Day 1

Tuesday, May 28

Boort Resources and Information Centre

119-121 Godfrey St, Boort

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Day 2

Tuesday, June 25

Gredgwin Ridge

2085 Boort-Quambatook Rd, Gredgwin

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Elmore workshop

Date Address Registration

Day 1

Wednesday, May 29

Elmore Events Centre

48 Rosaia Rd, Elmore

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Day 2

Wednesday, June 26

Farm visit

(Venue to be advised)

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