Dry season farmer workshop at Charlton
31 August 2018
North Central Victorian farmers are invited to an Agriculture Victoria workshop next week to hear about options for managing the risks and impacts of dry seasonal conditions.
The event at Charlton Town Hall on Wednesday, 5 September from 9 am to 3 pm will include two sessions: cropping topics in the morning, followed by livestock matters in the afternoon.
Support for farmers' health and financial management will also be available at the events.
Agriculture Victoria Land Management Extension Officer Belinda Pritchard said farmers did not need to attend the whole day, but were welcome to attend the sessions most relevant to them.
"It's a great opportunity for farmers to meet with others in similar situations, to hear the latest options on how to manage moisture-stressed crops, discuss livestock nutrition and management and to ask questions," she said.
Agriculture Victoria Seasonal Risk Agronomist Dale Grey will start the event with an update of soil moisture readings in the district and the seasonal climate outlook.
West Tech Ag Agronomist Dan Colbert will provide practical suggestions for farmers to manage the season - such as making the decision to cut a crop for hay, managing with frost and mice.
He will also explain the importance of observing withholding periods to prevent matters with chemical residues in hay and grain.
Mr Colbert will provide growers with tips on how to best manage paddocks through the summer to minimise erosion risk and discuss how to manage chemical residues that may persist in the soil into 2019.
The livestock session begins at 12.30 pm, with keynote speaker and Agriculture Victoria Senior Sheep Specialist Garry Armstrong.
Mr Armstrong will assist farmers with understanding nutritional requirements of livestock, feed and water budgeting in a dry season and pasture or fodder crop management.
He will also provide tips on using Stock Containment Areas (SCA) and address animal health and welfare matters and farm biosecurity.
The forum is free and morning and afternoon tea and a light lunch will be provided.
To register contact Martin Hamilton on 0429 946 149 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact Name: Deb Banks
Contact Number: 0447 388 193
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