Farmers in the Limestone Coast region will get a look at the best seeding equipment for their land - plus gain an insight into future weather patterns and markets - at a Pasture Update on March 1.
The Limestone Coast branch of the Grassland Society of Southern Australia (GSSA) is hosting the Pasture Update, “Gearing up for the season”, at Conmurra Station, Conmurra, from 10am-5pm on Thursday March 1.
The update will feature a live demonstration of different seeding equipment that can be used for pasture sowing, along with a red meat market outlook, a weather outlook, a pasture sowing guide session, and the latest research results from Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA).
Limestone Coast branch president Meg Bell said the sowing demonstration would give producers a chance to see how different seeders and cultivators would be best suited to their land and conditions.
“It’s a bonus for people to see what’s going to work best on their property before deciding how to sow their pastures,” Ms Bell said.
Attendees will learn about different types of seeding equipment and different methods for seeding pastures, with demonstrations of a variety of machines.
The Pasture Update will also include information on meat markets, research, seed varieties and a weather outlook.
A speaker from MLA will provide an outlook for the red meat market for the coming season, and some of the latest pasture research from MLA, including some Pasture Trial Network results and the outcomes of research into sub and red clovers in WA, as well as an update on the Feedbase Investment Plan.
Bureau of Meteorology geographical scientist Alister Hawksford will outline what conditions producers can expect in the next three months and more broadly over the coming year. He will also outline how people can make better use of weather and climate information from the BoM.
Jamie Tidy from Naracoorte Seeds will present on the best way to pick pastures and outline some of the best pasture seed varieties, including new products, on the market.
Ms Bell said the Pasture Update would have wide-ranging benefits for all landholders.
“It’s going to be a good way to set up for the coming season knowing about the weather, the meat markets, the latest pasture research and newest seed varieties on the market.”
The event is part of a series of Pasture Updates hosted by GSSA for MLA to raise awareness of research outputs from MLA and partners, showcase producers who have made successful on-farm changes and highlight improved pasture technologies.
For further information, Contact GSSA Limestone Coast branch president Meg Bell: 0433 499 630 or RSVP before February 23 to GSSA Secretary Melinda Caspersz: 1300 137 550 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Entry is $25 for GSSA and MLA members and $50 for non-members and includes lunch.