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Workshop Wrap: Getting More From Flocks and Feed

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Sustainable Industries

More than 20 people came along to learn about getting more from flocks and feed at our August workshop. This event, which was part of our Mixed Farming and Fodder Options program, was the third in our winter workshop series.

The workshop ran over two locations starting with a field walk at demonstration farmer, Dan Dempster’s, Goomalling farm. The group saw first-hand the success of Dan’s thriving anameka saltbush trial. The saltbush was planted just 12 months ago with most plants at least 50cm tall.

Our guests then moved to the Goomalling Sport & Rec Centre to hear from expert speakers:

  • Ed Riggall from Ag Pro Management who talked through the financial benefits of improving a farm’s feed base
  • Phil Barrett-Lennard from AgVivo talked about how farmers could change annual forage chains for effective livestock management
  • Dr Susan Low rounded out the guest speakers, discussing sheep nutrition and the incorporation of forage shrubs into diets.

The response from participants was very positive.  Every participant saying that they had increased their knowledge about the financial value of incorporating saltbush into their own farming systems.

The final event in our winter workshops is scheduled for Monday, 30 September. This will be an in-depth look at the SWARM tool for estimating soil carbon. http://wheatbeltnrm.org.au/event/soil-carbon-mapping-action

This Wheatbelt NRM project is supported through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.

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