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Pasture and grazing management driving productivity

Cows and pasturesNorth Coast Local Land Services is encouraging landholders to register for a training course that will assist them with their pasture and grazing management.

The course is delivered by Judi Earl of AIMS, in conjunction with Hastings Landcare and with funding provided by the National Landcare Programme.  It is designed to help land managers better understand factors influencing pasture growth rate and the impacts of pasture quality and quantity on stock growth and condition.

Judi Earl said of the course, “AIMS main area of interest is working with land managers to enhance soil health and maximise pasture growth and condition using grazing management.”

The over-arching objective of this very popular three day introductory course is to match pasture condition and growth to stock numbers, pressure and feed requirement.

Judi continued, “It is possible to manipulate pasture growth and condition to allow greater stocking rates without taking many risks.”

Participants learn simple, quick and effective ways to monitor pasture and how to use this information to decide stocking rates and pasture regenerative rest periods.

The course includes time in the field learning to assess pasture condition and predict pasture growth rates.

Geoff LeMessurier, Senior Land Services Officer, said, “With a focus on all aspects of grazing management – soil, rainfall, pastures and stock - this course will ultimately allow landholders to develop a grazing management plan for the following season.

“Our aim is to help landholders improve productivity and profitability.” Geoff concluded.

Interested landholders must register to attend the training that will be held at the Rollands Plains Hall on 23 and 24 February and 22 March.  For more information and to register, contact Hastings Landcare on 02 6586 4465 or by email to hastingslandcare@midcoast.com.au.

Media contact:

Geoff LeMessurier, Senior Land Services Officer, Phone 6563 6717

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Grazing management is an important factor in improved productivity and profitability