Graziers flock to Central West

Graziers hearing from Richard Norton, Managing Director, MLA at the 30th Grassland Society of NSW conference.
Graziers hearing from Richard Norton, Managing Director, MLA at the 30th Grassland Society of NSW conference.

Graziers from across NSW have headed to the Central West for the 30th Grassland Society of NSW conference in Cowra.

New ways to fill feed gaps, the latest technology to measure pasture and meat quality and getting the most out of livestock production systems are on the top of the list for the conference.

NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) researcher, Matthew Newell, said the two-day event showcases the latest research results.

“The focus is on developing a big picture approach, looking at filling feed gaps, identifying opportunities and exploring the latest technology,” he said.

“Producers will be keen to hear results from a joint DPI/Grains Research and Development Corporation project evaluating new long-season barley, oat, triticale and wheat varieties.

“These dual-purpose crops give mixed farming systems the ability to produce forage to fill feed gaps and can be harvested for grain,” he said.

Grassland Society president, David Harbison, said local producers were providing food for thought.

“Grazing options for improved pasture and native species can help producers better meet feed demand and tailor production system to get the most from their resource base,” he said.