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Calling mixed farmers seeking to maximise summer cover options

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Sustainable Industries

Wheatbelt NRM is calling for expressions of interest from members of the Wheatbelt mixed farming community to partner with us to deliver demonstration sites for the ‘Optimising Fodder Options on Mixed Farming Systems’ project funded by the National Landcare Program.

We are looking for partners with a keen interest in one or more of the following:

  • Exploring innovative feed options
  • Improving livestock health
  • Improving production and whole farm profit
  • Potentially accessing new livestock markets with different turn-off times
  • Exploring fit for purpose land use options
  • Improving soil health by increasing soil carbon and reducing nutrient loss through wind erosion

Partners must also be committed to supporting other mixed farmers in the exploration of the topics listed above.

The purpose of the demonstration sites are to provide a wider audience of mixed farmers with a reference as to how whole farm summer cover plans fit within Wheatbelt mixed farming systems to both improve soil health and meet production objectives. Demonstration site hosts will be supported by a farm planner/advisor to develop the whole farm summer cover plans. The plans will identify the best mix of feed options for each property to ultimately reduce the reliance on hand feeding and improve ground cover during the summer period.

Extension events and wider industry learning will support the demonstration sites. They will include opportunities for industry discussion on the topic and include the latest information on different fodder options, livestock health and market trends affecting livestock production.

If you have a keen interest in different summer fodder options, and a genuine commitment to building medium to long term summer cover plans, we want to hear from you.

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Critical dates: Please submit the application form with associated map to Wheatbelt NRM by 5pm Monday 13 May 2019.

For further information about this opportunity, please contact Bonny Dunlop-Heague  bdunlop@wheatbeltnrm.org.au or 0477 885 514.

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