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.