Filling feed gaps hot on agenda at Cowra event

The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - News -

NEW ways to fill feed gaps, the lat­est tech­nol­ogy to mea­sure pas­ture and meat qual­ity and get­ting the most out of live­stock pro­duc­tion sys­tems will be at the top of the list for the Grass­land So­ci­ety con­fer­ence in Cowra on Tues­day, July 25, and Wed­nes­day, July 26.

NSW Depart­ment of Pri­mary In­dus­tries re­searcher Matthew Newell said the two-day event would take par­tic­i­pants to in­spect beef, sheep and dairy pro­duc­tion sys­tems, of­fer in­sights from lo­cal pro­duc­ers and show­case the lat­est re­search re­sults.

“The fo­cus is on de­vel­op­ing a big-pic­ture ap­proach, look­ing at filling feed gaps, iden­ti­fy­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and ex­plor­ing what the lat­est tech­nol­ogy has to of­fer,” Mr Newell said.

“Pro­duc­ers will be keen to hear re­sults from a joint DPI/Grains Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion project eval­u­at­ing new long-sea­son bar­ley, oat, trit­i­cale and wheat va­ri­eties.

“These dual-pur­pose crops give mixed farm­ing sys­tems the abil­ity to pro­duce for­age to fill feed gaps and can be har­vested for grain. DPI’s re­search into peren­nial wheat, which has been bol­stered with the in­jec­tion of new lines from the United States, aims to for­tify farm­ing sys­tems with new dual pur­pose crops.”

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COM­ING EVENT: The Grass­land So­ci­ety con­fer­ence will be held in Cowra next week.

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