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We are very pleased to announce that the MacKillop Group was awarded the "Leukaemia Foundation Sustainability Award" for 2013.
Economic Solutions to Long Term Productive Grazing Systems
Investigating economic solutions to long term productive grazing systems
MFMG/SEPLA Pasture Walk and End of year catch up
Wednesday December 11, 2013
Meet at Lucindale (across road from the pub) at 2pm
Conclude by 7pm for optional dinner and catch-up at Lucindale Hotel
Proposed program (subject to minor change):
MLA Producer Demonstration Site - this project, now in its final year, aimed to determine the best economic solutions to pasture establishment, persistence and management techniques to ensure long term productive grazing systems.
Sites to be inspected
1. Woolumbool (Phil Clothier)
- see if we can find any of the perennials in the three mixes (other than phalaris) and compare productivity after 3 years
2. Avenue Range (The Washpool/Nick Edwards)
- identify perennials in the four mixes and compare productivity after 4 years
3. Avenue Range “Sports Ground”
- annual mixes have been used and cut for hay for Lucindale Area School - will discuss future of this site
4. Other sites if time permits
For more information and to RSVP please contact Nick Edwards on email email@example.com or mobile 0429 660 067
Report as included in 2010 MFMG Trial results book
The SEPLA group has identified that as the climate continues to be extremely variable and the margins in farming narrow, the profitability of each enterprise needs to be continuously monitored and improved. Producers are always given advice and recommendations about the best way to establish and manage their pastures - the key to their grazing enterprise - but much of this advice is conflicting. With the high cost of pasture establishment, above that of annual running costs, we can ill-afford to make mistakes with pasture redevelopment in order to establish persistent and productive stands. To that end this new project aims to determine the best economic solutions to pasture establishment, persistence and management techniques to ensure long term productive grazing systems.
With the support of funding from a MLA Producer Demonstration Support grant the project has already started at one site, with initial pasture establishment data collected. The remaining 3 sites will be established in the autumn of 2011, with the project then continuing for a further 3 years.
There is an excellent opportunity for anyone wishing to be involved in the project to have a site on their property, looking at issues specific to their own situation that will be of interest to the whole group. The existing SEPLA group are particularly keen to have the last site on an existing MFMG member’s property addressing an issue relevant to him or her. For example, so far we have one site that is comparing their current standard pasture mix with three alternative mixes of perennials on heavy black clay and another that will be focussing on a range of sowing rates of typical pasture varieties.
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