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Pasture management webinars



Pasture dieback

Pasture dieback is a condition which causes the death of sown and native pastures by affecting plant health and function, reducing the productivity of affected properties. It has been observed in a range of soil types and plant species across Queensland and northern NSW. In this webinar, Caroline will deliver:

  • Current and ongoing research results
  • The experience in northern NSW
  • Where producers can find info or be involved in a program.

Oestrogenic clovers – identification and remediation

Recent surveys conducted in the medium to high rainfall zones of southern Australia have found that old cultivars of subterranean clover remain common in many pastures. Some of these cultivars contain high levels of oestrogenic compounds which can negatively impact sheep health. Kevin Foster, from the University of Western Australia, will take the audience through:

  • How does grazing highly oestrogenic sub clovers affect livestock?
  • Which cultivars are high in oestrogens?
  • How do you manage a paddock if you suspect a problem?

Preferential clovers to sow in southern pastures

In this webinar, Tim Prance from T Prance Rural Consulting updates southern Australian producers on preferential clovers to sow in pastures. Tim delves into:

  • How to select cultivars and species to suit soils
  • Sowing time and practices
  • How to establish and get the most out of the pasture.

Fodder conservation in late spring

Michele Jolliffe of Agriculture Victoria discusses the issue of how to best handle huge surpluses of fodder in the 2020 spring, incuding:

  • Hints and tips for making quality hay and silage
  • Hay or silage? Which option might suit my business
  • Quality or quantity? Which should I aim for?
  • Long term storage options for hay and silage. 

Your one-stop winter cleaning agronomy panel

Are you needing to clean out those pesky annuals from your perennial grass pastures? Do you have some agronomy questions you need answered before you get the spray gear out?

Jim Virgona of Graminus Consulting and Tim Prance of T. Prance Rural Consulting answer those burning agronomy questions and provide their own experience.

Brr it's cold in here: The effects of temperature on pasture production

Dr Jim Virgona of Graminus Consulting discusses the effects of cold temperatures on pasture production. Jim delves into:

  • When is cold temperature the limiting factor?
  • How does temperature impact nitrogen response?
  • How does temperature impact plant production in different perennial species?

A review of chemical manipulation in pastures: where are the costs and benefits?

In this webinar, Sandy McEachern of Holmes Sackett reviews the research outcomes from techniques for the chemical manipulation of perennial grass pastures namely spray grazing, spray topping and winter clearing. Sandy discusses:

  • The costs of each of the techniques 
  • The expected production and financial benefits.

What, where and when? The use of Nitrogen in pastures (part 1 of 2)

Richard Eckard from the University of Melbourne discusses all things nitrogen. Part one of Richard's two-part webinar talk will delve into the questions:

  • What is nitrogen and why is it important in grazing systems?
  • Where does nitrogen come from and where does it go?
  • When should you be applying nitrogen to maximise efficiency?

How? The use of Nitrogen in pastures (part 2 of 2)

Richard Eckard from the University of Melbourne discusses all things nitrogen. Part two of Richard's two-part webinar talk will delve into the questions:

  • How should nitrogen be applied to maximise efficiency?
  • What are some rules of thumb to work towards when applying nitrogen?

Livestock staggers on Phalaris and Ryegrass based pastures

Title: Livestock staggers on Phalaris and Ryegrass based pastures

Date: Wednesday 2 March 2022         

Time: 8.00pm AEDT

Presenters: John Webb Ware

Details: The risk of staggers to ruminants is generally greatest in the autumn months following rapid growth in select pasture species.

Join John Webb Ware of the Mckinnon Project to learn:

  • What is staggers and how does it vary depending on the ingested pasture species?
  • What is the treatment for staggers?
  • How can you best manage high risk situations?

Phosphorus application in mixed farming

In this webinar, David Crowley from Delta Agribusiness talks through phosphorus management in mixed farming operations - when to add P into the rotation to maximise pasture growth:

  • P removal relative to stocking rate
  • Soil testing and targeting Colwell P levels of >30
  • Length of pasture/crop rotation and variation between best practice relative to rainfall environment
  • How pH influences pasture performance and ability to utilise applied P.