Dry season workshops in the Mallee
31 August 2018
Mallee farmers are invited to hear about options for managing the risks and impacts of dry seasonal conditions at two Agriculture Victoria events being held next week.
The events at Manangatang on Tuesday, 4 September and Lake Cullulleraine on Thursday. 6 September from 9am until 3pm, will address matters related to cropping in the morning and livestock in the afternoon.
Health and financial management advice will also be available at the events.
Agriculture Victoria Land Management Extension Officer Belinda Pritchard said that 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,” Ms Pritchard said.
Agriculture Victoria Seasonal Risk Agronomist Dale Grey will open the workshops with an update on soil moisture levels in the district and the seasonal climate outlook.
Agronomist Dan Colbert (Westech Ag) will provide practical suggestions for farmers to manage the season such as making the decision to cut a crop for hay and managing frost and mice.
He will also explain why it is important to observe withholding periods to prevent chemical residue matters 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 how to cope with chemical residues that may persist in the soil into 2019.
The livestock session begins at 12.30pm, with Agriculture Victoria Sheep Specialist Garry Armstrong the keynote speaker.
Mr Armstrong will discuss the nutritional requirements of livestock, including feed and water budgeting in a dry season and pasture or fodder crop management.
He will also provide tips on using stock containment areas and address animal health and welfare matters and farm biosecurity.
The dry season workshops are free and morning and afternoon tea, and a light lunch, will be provided.
To register contact Darryl Pearl on 0417 432 711 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact Name: Deb Banks
Contact Number: 0447 388 193
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