eNews 8 June 2018

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Using Sacrifice Paddocks to Protect Your Natural Resource

Sacrifice Paddock weaners on feederGeorgie Oakes – Northern Tablelands Local Land Services Pasture Agronomist - talks about protecting your pastures during dry times by 'sacrificing' certain paddocks.

The main objectives through these tough seasonal conditions should be your own well-being, the welfare of livestock, the maintenance of the farm business and the productive resources of the farm – soil, capital and the genetic merit of your livestock.

Managing through this season could call for some out-of-the-ordinary stock and farm management options like the use of sacrifice paddocks or confined paddock feeding.

A sacrifice paddock is an area that can be intensively stocked for feeding purposes.

Feeding in sacrifice paddocks has a number of advantages. It will allow you to observe stock more closely as alternative feeds are introduced, it prevents stock from walking off condition, contains the spread of weed seeds from outsourced fodder and saves the farm’s pasture resource for spring growth.

Consider using one or more paddocks or temporarily fencing off parts of paddocks for use as ‘feeding out’ areas. Suitable paddocks are those:
• where the pasture is degraded and due for resowing or cropping;
• with a predominance of annual species and good soil seed reserves;
• that have access for feeding operations even after it rains and are well drained; and
• that are not too steep to cause excessive run-off after rain.

Try to avoid using valuable pasture paddocks as feeding out areas. Paddocks that have significant cover of perennial pasture plants (especially if the cover consists of native perennial grass species) should be avoided.

With high stock numbers plenty of good quality water will need to be provided. Dams may need to be fenced off and the water piped into troughs to avoid stock bogging or fouling this increasingly precious resource.

The other benchmark to keep in mind is ground cover. Too little and soil erosion can be a problem when it rains. The suitable level depends on slope, likely rainfall intensity and soil type, but as a guide for the Tablelands, 85 – 90%, on the Slopes 70 – 80% would be appropriate. By maintaining adequate groundcover, weed invasion after drought will be reduced.

For further information on sacrifice paddocks or other pasture enquiries please contact Northern Tablelands Local Land Services Pastures Agronomist, Georgie Oakes on 0429 310 264.

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Pest animal control group survey

The Department of Primary Industries, as part of the Managing Pest and Weeds Project are conducting a survey targeted at coordinators of Pest Animal Control Groups. The link to the survey is https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DXQJHS8 If you are part of a pest animal control group, please consider contributing to this survey.

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No Need for Gumboots - Animal Nutrition Sessions

Cattle on cottonseedNorthern Tablelands Local Land Services and Riverina Stockfeeds are running a series of animal nutrition sessions to help landholders manage livestock in dry conditions. Dates and venues include:

Guyra: Wednesday 13 June 2018 from 6:30 – 9:30pm at Guyra Bowling Club

Walcha: Thursday 14 June 2018 from 6:30 – 9:30pm at Walcha Golf Club

The workshops will focus on animal nutrition requirements and options, animal health and welfare considerations in dry times.

Greg Brown, a nutritionist from Riverina Stockfeeds, Northern Tablelands Local Land Services Livestock Officers and District Vets, and Rural Financial Counsellors will be available and farmers are encouraged to come along with questions.

“Local Land Services Livestock Officers and Vets are currently getting a lot of enquiries about feeding requirements and animal health needs due to the current season. All staff are trying to provide simple and practical advice and support,” said Northern Tablelands Local Land Services Livestock Officer, Brent McLeod.

“We are holding these animal nutrition sessions so we can bring producers together and share information on the best options for managing livestock in these tough seasonal conditions. Producers are strongly encouraged to attend the workshops but if this is not possible, feel free to contact your nearest LLS office.”

The workshops are free – but please RSVP to assist with catering on 02 6732 8800 or Jason.siddell@lls.nsw.gov.au

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Science in the Pub - Parasites!

The next Science in the Pub event is on Wednesday 13th June at the Wicklow Hotel in Armidale. Doors open 6:30pm for a 7:00 start and this one is all about parasites and how they can affect and manipulate the bodies of their hosts. Everyone welcome to come along and support guests Dr Tommy Leung (UNE) and Dr Peter Hunt (CSIRO, UNE). More info at https://www.facebook.com/events/177225489627163/ 

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Road to Regen

grant sims pic1Road to Regen is an event inviting you to take a closer look at regenerative farming by hearing from Joel Williams and Grant Sims in a workshop setting, and then having the opportunity to see it happening on ground at Jason Simmons property on Long Swamp Road South-East of Armidale.  

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Coordinated Fox Control Starts 14 June

hans veth 385492 unsplash320Northern Tablelands Local Land Services is coordinating a fox baiting program to be held in the Armidale district and surrounds commencing on 14th June 2018. Get involved by contacting your local fox group coordinator or Northern Tablelands Local Land Services Armidale office on 02 6770 2000.

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Ladies in Livestock - Armidale

On 21 June Guyra and Walcha Ladies and Livestock groups will combine at Armidale. Exciting guest speakers from Auctions Plus and Meat and Livestock Australia. To book go to www.stickytickets.com.au/67468 or for further information contact Georgie Oakes 0429 310 264.

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Prickly Problems Project Launch

PricklyProblemsPartyArmidale Urban Rivercare invite one and all to celebrate the conclusion of the Prickly Problems Project where the group has achieved greatness in removing a forest of the invasive plant Rubinia.

Come together with the Armidale Urban Rivercare Group to celebrate past, present and future successes rehabiliating Armidale's Dumaresq Creek.

Brunch will be provided with talks from founding member Bruce Whan and the official opening of the site by Armidale Regional Council Mayor, Cr Simon Murray. More event details at https://snelandcare.org.au/event/ppp-party

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