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Field day showcases perennial pasture and silage research

Livestock producers from across the Riverina and Murray regions recently attended a pasture research field day with presentations and discussions on fodder conservation, pasture research, pasture renovation and the availability of new pasture species.

The event was hosted by the Holbrook Landcare Network as part of their four-year Carbon Farming and Your Business Project with assistance from Riverina Local Land Services.

The field day was held at ‘Kentish Downs’, located between Tarcutta and Holbrook, and owned by Rob and Jody Martin, who have been involved in the carbon farming project.

Guest speakers included representatives from NSW Department of Primary Industries, Charles Sturt University and Riverina Local Land Services.

Riverina Local Land Services Agronomist, Lisa Castleman said the field day was a great opportunity to showcase the project which highlighted linkages across farming systems, from the animal production system to the plant with grazing and fodder options, to the carbon stored by perennial plants in the soil.

“Livestock producers across the Riverina and Murray districts have a wealth of relevant pasture and silage research occurring nearby at NSW DPI’s Agricultural Research Institute in Wagga Wagga and also at Charles Sturt University,” she said.

“The field day was an opportunity to bring the knowledge from this research together, as producers can take home some complementary messages about grazing perennial pastures and fodder conservation systems.”

“NSW DPI’s Silage Researcher John Piltz, showed us that not all silages are the same. In most cases feed quality is more important than quantity to achieve livestock production targets,” she said.

Ms Castleman said producers saw perennial pastures as a long-term investment, which generates the feed base that is the key to a successful livestock production system.

The field day was the final event for the four-year Carbon Farming and Your Business Project, which was supported by funding from the Australian Government.

Media contact: Tracey Bell, Riverina Local Land Services, Phone: 0428 435 029

Caption: Participants at the Perennial Pasture and Silage Research Update field day.