How to fill feed gaps

Farmers in the Cavendish and Lismore regions of south-west Victoria will hear from local producers and experts in the field about how to fill their feed gaps at two seminars in March 2017.

The Grassland Society of Southern Australia is presenting Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) Pasture Updates at Lismore Bowling Club on Tuesday, March 21 2017 and Cavendish Football Clubrooms on Wednesday, March 22 2017.

The Lismore update will feature local producer Stuart Robinson from Titanga and Gatum producer Mark Williams will speak at the Cavendish update on what they are doing to fill feed gaps on their farms.

Grassland Society organiser Tim Prance said the updates would mainly look at out-of-season feed production opportunities for local farmers.

“We’re presenting a mix of what research is showing and what local farmers are doing to back up that research,” Mr Prance said.

“The farmers all have practices in place, whether it is cereals and canola, fertiliser or grazing management, to fill feed gaps.”

Both seminars will include agronomist Annieka Paridaen from Premier Ag Consultancy Group speaking on how cereals and canola can fill feed gaps.

Results will be presented on Grain and Graze trials in western Victoria and south-east SA, and the practical application of this research on-farm.

Sheep industry specialist Andrew Kennedy from Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources Hamilton agricultural services will provide an update of results from year one of the lambing density project.

This will include the effects of mob size, paddock size and stocking rate on twin-bearing ewes at lambing.

Lisa Miller from Southern Farming Systems and Victorian coordinator for MLA’s producer research sites will give a snapshot of feedbase research results.

There will also be panel discussions about suitable cultivars for short term and permanent cropping.

The seminars are among six pasture updates planned for this year in Victoria and South Australia to raise awareness of research outputs from MLA and partners, showcase producers who have made successful on-farm changes and highlight improved pasture technologies.

Both Lismore and Cavendish seminars will be from 1.30-5.30pm with a barbecue to follow.

The cost for Grassland Society and MLA members is $20 and $30 for non-members.