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Get the nuts and bolts of grazing this August 2016

Farmers have the chance to better understand the nuts and bolts of grazing management during a two-day workshop in August 2016.

Organiser Neil James from Agriculture Victoria said the workshop would begin with the key principles of grazing management.

“Participants will be challenged to think about both livestock and pasture management objectives and the impact their decisions have on productivity, natural resource management and existing farm management,” Mr James said.

He said farmers are asked to express their interest for the two-day course, planned for August. Topics will cover the following areas:

  • The principles of grazing management and balancing the needs of pastures and livestock;
  • Management of species relevant to the region (such as native pastures, lucerne, phalaris etc.) and manipulating composition with grazing;
  • The benefits of grazing strategies such as native or introduced species and outcomes from relevant grazing management experiments; and
  • Completion of a seasonal management plan and farm map.

Mr James said both workshop days included paddock walks for practical application of the topics discussed.

“This will be a great chance to brush up on the nuts and bolts of grazing while learning some new skills and information to improve grazing management,” he said.

Shane Dellavadova, who completed Nuts and Bolts of Grazing Strategies in the Maryborough region two years ago, said he wholeheartedly recommended the course.

“It was very informative and reassuring about our grazing systems,” he said.

“Since completing the workshop we have gone ahead and fine-tuned all our grazing strategies on farm.”

Farm manager Dean Lanfranchi said the cost of between $120 -$180 per business per day made it a very affordable training program.

“I urge landholders to take advantage of this opportunity and sign up for this low-cost course,” Mr Lanfranchi said.

Nuts and Bolts can also lead to other training opportunities such as Whole Farm Grazing Strategies and PROGRAZE®.

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