Filling in the feed gaps on farms

Canola can be a feed crop.

Canola can be a feed crop.

Farmers in the Cavendish and Lismore regions can hear from local producers and experts about how to fill their farm feed gaps at two seminars this month.

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

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

Grassland Society organiser Tim Prance said the updates would 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,” he said. 

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 that research. 

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

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.

Both Lismore and Cavendish seminars will be from 1.30pm-5.30pm with a barbecue to follow. RSVP by March 20 to 1300 137 550 or email office@grasslands.org.au