Livestock

Focus on grazing management

By Country News

Agriculture Victoria is running two free one-day workshops in Euroa and Rutherglen to help farmers balance the needs of pasture and livestock for good grazing management.

Presented by consultant Lisa Warn, the free workshops will focus on a number of topics including the principles of grazing management and balancing the needs of pasture and livestock.

‘‘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.’’

The effects of different grazing systems on pasture growth, composition, persistence of ground cover and livestock performance, manipulating pasture composition with grazing, management of specific species and simple tools and benchmarks to help with planning and managing grazing systems will all be discussed at the workshop.

‘‘It will also cover practical tips on setting up and managing a rotational grazing system,’’ Ms Warn said.

The Euroa workshop will be held on Thursday, June 13 at Euroa Bowls Club, 1 Turnbull St, Euroa.

The Rutherglen workshop will be held on Friday, June 14 at Agriculture Victoria at 124 Chiltern Valley Rd, Rutherglen.

Producers are asked to bring a sample of good and bad pasture from their property for discussion.

Registration is essential and catering is provided.

■For more information or to register online visit: agriculture.vic.gov.au

■If you are unable to register online, please phone Erica Schelfhorst on 0429 807 698 or email: erica.schelfhorst@ecodev.vic.gov.au