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Working together to build the North Coast beef industry

Participants at joint trainingNorth Coast Local Land Services helps farmers grow their farming knowledge in a range of innovative partnerships and programs and recent training facilitated by the organisation is ensuring that farmers have access to information that enables better informed decisions.

Staff from North Coast Local Land Services have been joined by Norco Field Advisors to undertake a range of training including the PROfarm courses - Landscan® and Prograze®.

The beef cattle industry is the largest agri-business contributor to the North Coast economy, contributing over $200m annually and North Coast Local Land Services has a role to assist these beef producers to grow their farm productivity.

North Coast Local Land Services has a strong network of long-standing partnerships established across the North Coast region and continually works to develop new and strengthen existing partnerships to support productive and sustainable agriculture.

Lindy Brown, Team Leader from North Coast Local Land Services spoke of the importance of beef producers having access to a range of advice and information including from private consultants and rural store staff.  “We are building the knowledge and skills not just of our staff, but other farm advisors as well.” Lindy said.

Funding for these two courses has been provided by State Training Services through Tocal College. During the Prograze course held earlier this year, participants learnt about pasture growth, assessing pasture quality and quantity and its impact on animal production. The recent course delved into more detail on land capability, soil properties and nutrient budgeting.

“To have access to expertise such as that provided by a DPI Technical Specialist in Pasture Production was a highlight that provided informative and well-presented information,” said Tiffany Felton, North Coast Local Land Services Biosecurity Officer, who has been participating in the courses.

Bruce Lyle from Norco Rural at Casino said, “Staff from our two organisations have an excellent relationship and training like this allows us to get measurable outcomes and consistent messages right across the region, from Murwillumbah to Kempsey, from on farm advice into the retail sector to help grow productivity.

“We really appreciate the opportunity to come together with North Coast Local Land Services staff like this.” Bruce said.

Media contact:
Lindy Brown, Team Leader North Coast Local Land Services Phone 0437 826 152

Photo caption:
Participants at one of the recent joint training courses.