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Walpeup to host forum on alternative fodder options

INVESTIGATING alternative fodder options and improving whole farm profit will be the key focus of a forum to be held at Walpeup early next month.

Walpeup to host forum on alternative fodder options

Rhagodia parabolica before sheep grazing

Leading agricultural researchers from organisations such as the CSIRO and the South Australian Research and Development Initiative (SARDI) will be on hand to discuss with farmers the benefits of incorporating forage shrubs into mixed farming systems during the forum, which will be held at the Mallee Research Station on April 8, 2011.

According to the Mallee Catchment Management Authority’s Board chair Joan Burns the forum is an important chance for local farmers to hear from experts in the field.

“This forum will explain the benefits of alternative fodder options for stock, as well as providing information to help with the decisions on what shrub species to plant and the key principles of grazing management with shrubs,” she said.

A visit to a fodder trial site at the Walpeup research station will also be included in the forum so attendees can compare the different shrubs first hand.

The trial was established in February 2008 as part of Enrich, a national project supported by the Future Farm Industries CRC and Meat and Livestock Australia. The project assessed the traits and grazing value of a large number of predominately Australian shrub species in the field and laboratory.

At the Walpeup site, 16 species have been grown. It was recently grazed for the first time.

Sessions to be featured during the April 8 forum at Walpeup include:

  • Build your feed base and increase profit - Dean Revell (CSIRO)
  • My ideas for change - Cameron Tubby (Producer, Morowa, WA)
  • More than just energy - Phil Vercoe (UWA)
  • Shrubs working with pastures - Jason Emms (SARDI)
  • Animals cope with diversity - Dean Revell (CSIRO)
  • The practical issues - Bruce Maynard (Producer, Narromine, NSW)
  • What shrubs could work for you - Jason Emms (SARDI)
  • Finding a fit for perennials in mixed farm systems - Rick Llewellyn (CSIRO)

The forum is a free public event with lunch, morning and afternoon tea provided.

To confirm your attendance at the event, or for more information, contact Nathan Phillips on (08) 9333 6700

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