4 March, 2019
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Mixed Farming Forum for Rutherglen
Addressing some of the challenges and advantages of mixed farming systems in the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Southern Region will be the focus of a Mixed Farming forum hosted by Riverine Plains Inc at Rutherglen on Wednesday 13 March 2019.
“Over the past few years we have seen some grain growers capitalise on strong meat and wool prices by introducing stock for the first time or by re-introducing or expanding their individual livestock enterprises” said Riverine Plains Inc Executive Officer, Fiona Hart
“There are a number of potential advantages that come from integrating both livestock and cropping enterprises into a mixed farming system, including reduced input costs, the potential to reduce climatic and economic risks, greater income diversity and increased resilience” explained Fiona.
“However, these changes also require more complex decisions, a greater range of skills, a higher level of management and additional labour demands for mixed farmers compared to operations with a single focus” she added.
The GRDC Mixed Farming Forum at Rutherglen aims to address a number of issues specific to mixed farming systems in the Riverine Plains region and will feature several highly regarded speakers.
These include Kristy Howard, from Inspiring Excellence, who will speak on sheep requirements in the cereal – sheep zone for optimal productivity, while Matt Mahoney of Agridome will speak on the importance of sown fodder on a mixed farm. Josh Buerckner of I K Caldwell will talk about grazing crops and Alison Frischke from BCG will speak on stubble grazing values.
A focus of the day will also be the discussion of information and results generated from the highly successful Grain and Graze programs, as part of a two-year project investment by GRDC to increase awareness of the outcomes of the project, which is being managed by Ag Ex Alliance.
“The Grain and Graze programs ran nationally from 2010 – 2016 and involved a lot of collaboration between researchers, advisors and farmers around mixing livestock and cropping programs” said Project Coordinator Danielle England of AgInnovate
“Most of the agricultural research projects in both the Australian grain and livestock industries looked at each enterprise in isolation, while in Grain & Graze they were considered together and we invite local farmers, agronomists and livestock advisors to join us as we unwrap these results in Rutherglen” said Danielle.
The Mixed Farming Forum will be held on Wednesday March 13, 2019 at the Agriculture Victoria Rutherglen Centre, 124 Chiltern Valley Road, Rutherglen, from 8:45am-1:30pm. The workshop is free. RSVPs are requested to assist with catering.
Riverine Plains Inc is an independent farming systems group specialising in farmer driven research and extension across north-east Victoria and southern New South Wales. For more information, or to become a member, please visit www.riverineplains.org.au
More Information or Interview:
Fiona Hart, Executive Officer, Riverine Plains (03 5744 1713)