Hear lat­est on graz­ing crops

Shepparton News - Country News - - DAIRY NEWS -

Ma­chin­ery, live­stock and crops will be cen­tre stage at the Birchip Crop­ping Group’s Main Field Day event on Wed­nes­day, September 13.

Com­ple­ment­ing a graz­ing pas­tures pre­sen­ta­tion will be BCG live­stock man­ager Ali­son Frischke who will dis­cuss man­ag­ing an­i­mal graz­ing across pad­docks, vir­tual fenc­ing, min­eral nu­tri­tion man­age­ment of sheep graz­ing ce­real crops and the graz­ing value of stub­bles.

Ms Frischke said this sea­son had pro­vided ideal con­di­tions for graz­ing crops, and emerg­ing va­ri­eties and their on­go­ing de­vel­op­ment had as­sisted live­stock pro­duc­tion in mixed farm­ing en­ter­prises.

‘‘Con­di­tions at the be­gin­ning of the sea­son were great, with an early break and sub­soil mois­ture. There have been grow­ers ex­per­i­ment­ing with graz­ing crops to get the most out of their mixed sys­tem,’’ she said.

‘‘Great ex­am­ples of va­ri­eties that could be help­ful for graz­ing are demon­strated in the man­ag­ing early wheat trial, which will be discussed by SARDI (South Aus­tralia Re­search and De­vel­op­ment In­sti­tute) re­search sci­en­tist Ken­ton Porker at the Main Field Day.’’

Ms Frischke will be joined by Agri­cul­ture Vic­to­ria se­nior ve­teri­nary of­fi­cer Robert Suter, who will dis­cuss fer­til­ity, man­ag­ing ewes through preg­nancy and lac­ta­tion, po­ten­tial health issues and meet­ing nu­tri­tional needs.

‘‘Rob will be able to an­swer many ques­tions grow­ers have with re­gards to live­stock health and nu­tri­tion. He has a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence and is a great ad­di­tion to the Main Field Day pro­gram,’’ Ms Frischke said.

Other top­ics in­clude emerg­ing weeds and their man­age­ment, a spring fore­cast, har­vest fire preven­tion and man­age­ment, the lat­est on the mice sit­u­a­tion, the eco­nom­ics of con­trolled traf­fic farm­ing, al­ter­na­tive cap­i­tal fund­ing for farm busi­nesses and frost iden­ti­fi­ca­tion.

Re­search up­date . . . A La Trobe Univer­sity project, which has pro­duced a vetch, canola and oats mix­ture, will be pre­sented at BCG Main Field Day.

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