Sustainable farming insights at Chillingham field day

LEADING farm educators and graziers to share their stories when Council brings together leading farm educators and graziers for a field day at Chillingham featuring research insights and the latest advice on improving farm productivity.  

The free event will be held at Chillingham Hall on Thursday August 25 and is the culmination of an 18-month sustainable grazing project involving 15 graziers who manage more than 1000ha of Tweed farmland.  

Mayor of Tweed, Katie Milne, said: "Council is excited about the outcomes of these projects and the great feedback we have had from our farmers. We hope to share this knowledge with as many of our farmers as possible.  

Council's Sustainable Agriculture Project Leader, Eli Szandala, said the field day provides an opportunity for local farmers to benefit from the findings of the grazing project.  

"The field day is a great chance for producers to obtain free advice to assist in improving the productivity of their farms from some of the industry's most regarded experts," Mr Szandala said.  

"The project has provided participants with a better understanding of the capabilities and limitations of their farms through soil testing and analysis, native vegetation and waterway assessments and consideration of other biophysical characteristics which are so essential for making the right longterm management decisions.  

"Participants have gone through a farm planning process, identifying the various production and environmental issues and started to implement appropriate responses in their paddocks."  

The grazing project was funded by the NSW Environmental Trust's 2014 Environmental Education grants program with significant support provided by Tweed Shire Council, North Coast Local Land Services, Far North Coast Weeds, Southern Cross Universities Environmental Analysis Laboratory and a range of industry experts and groups including the Northern Cooperative Meat Company.  

The field day will include talks from Dr Judi Earl about effective pasture management, biological farming educator Dave Forrest will highlight the benefits of organic inputs and Nathan Jennings from North Coast Local Land Services will talk best-practice in pasture, genetics, weaning and reproduction.

  Attendees will also hear from local graziers involved in the program who will share lessons learned and hear about changes they have made to their grazing systems as a result of the project.

  The free event is open to everyone and runs from 10am to 2pm with lunch provided. Bookings are essential and can be made by contacting Mr Szandala on (02) 6670 2599 or eszandala@tweed.nsw.gov.au.


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