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Landholders and students get value from paddock walks, drones and forum

One hundred people attended a paddock walk hosted by Riverina Local Land Services last week at Ed and Rachael Crossley’s property Torriganny near the tiny hamlet of Booligal, on the first day of a big week of events for the Hay region.

Numbers were bolstered by the attendance of 70 final year students from Charles Sturt University and Sydney University.

The paddock walks were led by Martin Driver, local ecologist, property owner and Project Manager with the Australian Network for Plant Conservation.  Other focuses on the day were a drone display provided by Ben Watts, TAFE drone demonstration teacher and a discussion on the use of the Hay Plains Landcare seeder by Bill Auldist.

Mr Driver reinforced his message from the Booligal paddock walk about the need to keep plant diversity in the paddock and the methods he has used to revegetate his home property Barrabool.

Following lunch, the second part of the day was spent at the Riverside cattle yards of Ed and Rob Crossley’s dorper and cattle operation. Included was a drone stock mustering demonstration by Ben Watts using stud dorper ewes released from the yards.

The next day, students and landholders attended a Rangelands Forum held at the Shear Outback woolshed in Hay.

Organised by the Hay Merino Breeders Inc in conjunction with Riverina Local Land Services, the day featured drone footage from the previous day and a talk by landholder Cameron Nield on how he uses drones and a water telemetry system on the family property Benilkie.

San Jolly, livestock consultant with Productive Nutrition, spoke about the need to ‘do the figures’ and to use factual information to breed and sell animals.

Senior Land Services Officer, Sally Ware said students were able to interact with the presenters and landholders, which they found highly valuable, and landholders were given an insight into techniques for managing and conserving rangeland country.

For further information on these two days contact Sally Ware on email or phone 0429 307 627.