Announcements & Notices

We attempt to keep our events calendar up to date with the latest events and shows, but don't forget to check out The Weekly Times which also hosts an event calendar with a range of agricultural and country entertainment events listed.
If you are aware of a local event that we have not got listed, let us know!

2012 National Soils Forum

posted 21 Feb 2012, 13:30 by Taiss Q

The North Central Catchment Management Authority's (CMAs) 2012 National Soils Forum will be held in Bendigo on 8 and 9 March. The Forum will bring together key landholders, local farmers, scientists and policy makers to discuss how we can secure the productive and environmental values of our soils in north central Victoria. Keynote speakers include returning speaker Dr. Julian Cribb, journalist, editor, science communicator and author of The Coming Famine and Dr. Peter Carberry, Deputy Director for the CSIRO Sustainable Agriculture Flagship program. See Draft Program overleaf.

The Forum will focus on ‘Soils for a future’:
As Australians we are concerned about where our food comes from and our capacity to secure it into an uncertain future. As a nation we appreciate that food production and the health of our natural ecosystems are intimately linked. In a world filling with more and more people, and a time when the fundamental resources we need to sustain ourselves show signs of running out, we need to be certain to maintain the integrity of our soils. We have to work together as a community to protect our soils for future generations. Come along to our 2012 National Soils Forum and actively participate.

The Forum is delivered under the North Central CMA’s Farming for Sustainable Soils project, and is an initiative supported by the Commonwealth Government’s Caring for our Country program.


Thursday 8 March 2012


10am - 5.30pm Field trips and trade exhibitions


5.30pm Civic Reception, 7pm Gala Dinner


Friday 9 March 2012


8.30am - 5.30pm Forum and trade exhibitions


The All Seasons Quality Resort


171 - 183 McIvor Highway, Bendigo VIC 3550

Further Details @ NCCMA

Workshop: Fundamentals of BioGas - Production and Use

posted 14 Feb 2012, 19:18 by Taiss Q

This pilot workshop is aimed at current or future operators, managers and proprietors of biogas production plants to provide participants with a basic understanding of the principles and 
practices of biogas production. 

The use of bio-gas production is being taken up by industry to optimise the potential of valuable 
organic bi-products and to minimize the impact of environmental concerns. Key industries are: 
 Intensive piggeries, beef feedlots and chicken production units; 
 Production horticulture industries such as almond, olive, citrus and vegetables; 
 Food processing; and  
 Municipal waste collection. 

The key areas covered in the workshop are: 
 An Introduction to Bio-gas Production and Use 
 Anaerobic Digestion Process 
 Anaerobic Digestion Reactors 
 Substrate Pre-treatment 
 Substrate Treatment 
 Substrate Post-treatment 
 Final Use and Products, such as methane production and electrical generation 
 Co-products and their use 
 Working with organisational policies, procedures and checklists 
 Set up, preparation and operation of equipment 
 Relevant legislation and regulations 
 Terms and definitions 

This pilot workshop is part of a Skills Victoria project conducted through the National Centre for 
Sustainability at Sunraysia Institute of TAFE and is part of a trial phase of a project which is 
aimed at developing bio-gas knowledge and skills for Industry. 

The pilot workshop is being presented by nationally acknowledged industry leaders in bio-gas 

Locations and Dates 
To be advised - dependent on numbers and location(s) of expressions of interests. 

Expressions of Interest 
We are currently taking expressions of interest which can be directed to: 
Darryl Pearl 
National Centre for Sustainability at Sunraysia Institute of TAFE 
Email: or Phone: 03 5022 3704 

2012 New Rural Industries Australia National Conference

posted 5 Feb 2012, 20:34 by Taiss Q

Rural enterprise, innovation and change

When: Thursday 19 April and Friday 20 April, 2012
Where: Mercure Hotel and Convention Centre, Ballarat, Victoria

Rural Australia has many faces and is in a continual state of change. Enterprise and innovation play a vital role in meeting the many challenges of economic pressure, fluctuating weather patterns, market supply and demand, as well as export trade.

New and emerging industries play an ever-increasing role for diversification, crop and stock rotation, small regional blocks, niche market opportunities, agri-tourism, and consumer demands for clean and green.
NRIA is about profitable commercialisation of new, innovative and emerging plant, animal and associated regional industries. We leverage R&D, national and international networks to build commercial alliances, and at the same time, seek to deliver strong benefits to stakeholder industries, build regional economies and benefit wider Australian communities through these activities.

The second National Conference is showcasing the diverse range of new and emerging industries and enabling producers to network, share information and gain knowledge that is key to their own business success.

Your own Grand Design? Consider a Speed Date with a Sustainable Designer!

posted 30 Jan 2012, 16:16 by Taiss Q

Are you actively renovating or building? Are you just thinking about the options? Do you have plans and ideas you’d like to discuss with green architects or building designers?

The Alternative Technology Association (ATA) would like to invite you to Speed Date A Sustainable Designer as part of the Sustainable Living Festival. 

[Continued on the Goodrock Park blog]

RASV offering 2 young farmers Australian Dairy Conference Package

posted 19 Jan 2012, 20:25 by Taiss Q

The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria is offering two complimentary Australian Dairy Conference registrations (valued at $770 each) plus both delegates receive $500 each towards accommodation, travel and optional tours in Gippsland from 20-24 February 2012. 

The Conference, now in its tenth year, will provide delegates with information and tools to take back to their dairy farm business. Full time dairy farmers aged between 25 and 40 years are eligible to apply by 31 January. For full details please click here

Bull Selection Phone Seminar – 24 January 2012

posted 17 Jan 2012, 17:44 by Taiss Q   [ updated 17 Jan 2012, 17:45 ]

In the lead up to to 2012 Autumn Beef Week, which runs from 27 January to 3 February, a BetterBeef phone seminar topic will be held on ‘Bull Selection’. 

 We will be trialling this seminar in the evening due to recent requests for an evening seminar. 

Time and Date: 24 January 2012, commencing 8pm (duration 1 hour). 
Cost: Free (unless you call in from a mobile or payphone).
Presenter: Dick Whale, Private Consultant. 

 Dick consults to many of Australia’s leading seed stock businesses. He is an industry leader in live animal assessment, designing and implementing breeding programs and sourcing global genetics. Dick is highly respected within the Australian and overseas beef industries for his technical knowledge and beef cattle expertise. Content Bull selection is a significant decision in any beef cattle enterprise. An incorrect selection may reduce the number of live calves on the ground and the ability of those calves to grow out to a market specification. It can also reduce the ongoing fertility and production potential of your breeding herd and the performance of your cattle throughout each segment of the supply chain. This seminar will revisit some of the fundamental considerations when selecting a bull for your herd. There will be an opportunity during the presentation to ask Dick questions. 

The presentation will cover: Selecting a bull for your herd requirements 

The ongoing influence of a bull in a self replacing breeding herd Bull soundness for reproduction and longevity Genetic value and evaluation: Estimated Breeding Values. Temperament BetterBeef Network Phone Seminars These phone seminars are held in collaboration with MLAs More Beef from Pastures program. 

These seminars are an excellent way for you to tap into the latest industry information from the comfort of your own home. 

 Registration To participate in this phone seminar you must register by calling 02 6030 4521. Registrations can be taken outside normal working hours.

2012 Climate Webinar Series

posted 9 Jan 2012, 15:39 by Taiss Q

The Department of Primary Industries  invites you to participate in the 2012 Climate  Webinar Series 

These online seminars cover topics relating to climate and emissions in agriculture and are a great way to keep up with  the latest thinking, research, policy and farming adaptations. 

Audience: Farmers, agriculture service providers, researchers  and anyone interested in the subjects on offer. 

Cost: Free                                                                      

RSVP: Refer to website for individual webinars 

Further Information 
Speaker profiles, webinar summaries and registration form can be accessed at the website

For more  information contact Lucy Stott on (03) 5355 0539 or 

It is intended that about 10 webinars will be held throughout 2012. 

Five years of EverGraze research

posted 24 Nov 2011, 17:19 by Taiss Q

Producers will see how five years of research could benefit their grazing systems during a field day at  EverGrazeProof Site at Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Hamilton on December 2.

The sixth and final EverGraze Proof Site Field day will also provide an insight into how regional producers have used EverGraze principles on their farms to increase profit and sustain a healthy business.

Results include increases in profitability of up to a 50 per cent above the top 20 per cent of farms benchmarked in DPI’s South West Farm Monitor Project, while at the same time reducing recharge and maintaining ground cover.

Anita Mortant from DPI said speakers would explain the value of including summer active perennials in the farm system to reduce risk.

“Supplementary feeding costs at the Hamilton site were reduced by $295 per hectare, when compared to ryegrass, by including lucerne and tall fescue in the system,” Ms Morant said.

“Keynote speaker Bill Malcolm, Associate Professor from  The University of Melbourne will also discuss how producers can stay focussed and remain profitable.

“EverGraze research focusses on the whole farming system and the field day will provoke thought about what plants to sow where, how to manage and utilise them, implications of management decisions on ground cover and soil moisture and sustainable stocking rates.

“The day will also examine optimum lambing times and how to improve lamb survival by providing shelter; the value of summer active perennials for reducing exposure to seasonal risk, and providing an alternative to supplementary feeding,” Ms Morant said.

EverGraze is a   Future Farm Industries CRC,   Meat and Livestock Australia and  Australian Wool Innovation research and delivery partnership.

The field day is on December 2 from 9am to 3pm at DPI Hamilton, 10 kilometres south of Hamilton on Mt Napier Road.

For further information or to register for the field day please contact Anita Morant at DPI Hamilton on (03) 5573 0732 by November 28.

Clearing the Carbon Confusion

posted 23 Nov 2011, 22:06 by Taiss Q

Carbon has certainly been a hot topic lately, with a lot of hype and ideas flying around. These sessions aim to clear the air about carbon and what it means for farms and the agricultural industry. 

These sessions will help set the record straight about the current policy environment relating to carbon and how to best approach it from a farmers perspective. 

Speakers include: 
David Griffin, Policy Manager, DPI Melbourne 
Neil Baker, Macalister Demonstration Farm Manager, Maffra Irrigation region 

Questions answered during the sessions will include: 
·        What is the difference between the Carbon Farming Initiative and the Carbon price policy? 
·        How will both of these policies affect your farm? 
·        What are some of the opportunities for farmers? 
·        What practical options can you consider now to reduce the impact of these policies and improve profitability into the future?   

Session details: 
Thurs 1stDecTangambalangaKiewa Bowls Club 
11.30am – 2pmLunch provided
Thurs 1stDecKyabramKyabram Club7 pm for dinner. 
Speakers from 7.30 – 9.30pm
Dinner provided
Fri 2ndDecCohunaCohuna Bowls Club 
11.30am – 2pmLunch provided

If you would like to hear the answers to these questions, please RSVP by Friday 25th  November to Echuca DPI on 03 5482 1922. Seats are limited at the Kyabram night session so please RSVP to ensure you receive a meal. 

InCalf Fertility Event

posted 16 Nov 2011, 14:37 by Taiss Q

Fertility is an ongoing issue for the dairy industry. New information has emerged from the recently completed InCalf Fertility Data Project on the current state of reproductive performance. 

Come and hear the latest information: 

·        What’s happened to reproductive performance in the last decade 
·        What are the key areas we need to focus on to improve reproductive performance on farm 
·        Choosing the best bulls for fertility 
·        The importance of good transition management and feeding
·        New resources for managing transition cow programs and upcoming workshops for advisers and farmers 
Speakers: Dr Barry Zimmermann, InCalf Project & Peter Williams, ADHIS


Parklake Hotel 
481 Wyndham Road 
Monday 5th December 
6:30 – 9:30pm 
Dinner provided 
Drinks at bar prices 
Dinner will be served at 6:30 sharp 


Please register with Shayne Ault  on (03) 5482 0405 or email at 

They have to confirm numbers for catering two weeks out, so if you want to eat, you need to let them know you're coming no later than the morning of 21 Nov 2011

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