An­nual con­fer­ence at Gum San

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Ag Life -

Peren­nial Pas­ture Sys­tems, PPS, in­de­pen­dent farmer group will present its 11th An­nual PPS Con­fer­ence at Gum San Chi­nese Heritage Cen­tre in Ararat on September 11.

The Wednesday con­fer­ence will start at 8.45am.

The PPS group pro­vides pro­duc­tive and sustainabl­e pas­ture re­search and

extension to the re­gion and the an­nual con­fer­ence forms a vi­tal part of the group’s cal­en­dar.

The theme of this year’s con­fer­ence is based on risks to farm prof­itabil­ity and called ‘Risk strate­gies to reap the re­wards – Adap­tive man­age­ment to re­duce risk’.

Group pres­i­dent Tony Roberts said PPS had lined up a range of qual­ity speak­ers for the day as well as a visit to a highly pro­duc­tive PPS mem­ber farm.

This year’s sem­i­nar speak­ers in­clude lead­ing consultant Cam Ni­chol­son, look­ing at the question of adopt­ing change to deal with risk.

Dr Kevin Foster from the Univer­sity of Western Aus­tralia will speak on deal­ing with risks and op­por­tu­ni­ties in clover based pas­tures.

Andrew Whitelaw will look at feed-sup­ply cost man­age­ment and Mick Tay­lor from Meat and Live­stock Aus­tralia will be pre­sent­ing on risks to the fu­ture of the sheep meat in­dus­try.

“Farm­ers Tom Mcgui­ness from Bigga, NSW and Jason Pymer, Won­won­dah, will also put in plain words how they man­age risk in their en­ter­prises,” Mr Roberts said.

A farm tour to a PPS mem­ber farm at Great Western will com­plete the day ses­sion.

At the end of the con­fer­ence there will be a din­ner at Cha­lam­bar Golf Club in Ararat with Les Ga­son from farm-ma­chin­ery com­pany A. F. Ga­son as guest speaker.

Peo­ple can book tick­ets on­line at www.try­book­­fid or by con­tact­ing project man­ager Rob Shea on 0438 521 357.

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