2 day intensive workshop- Pasture Cropping and Grazing Management

Wanting to increase soil carbon, decrease chemical and fertiliser inputs, better manage your stock through better grass? The below may be of interest.

Good afternoon,As many have requested, we are pleased to be able to offer a 2 day intensive workshop focused on Pasture Cropping and Grazing Management. The town of Newstead will host the event (at the football clubrooms) with an on farm visit to be included in the workshop. The dates are 14 & 15 October 2014.

This workshop will feature industry experts and pioneers Colin Seis and Graeme Hand. The aim of the workshop is to provide commercial farmers with a ‘how-to of Pasture Cropping and Grazing Management’- a greater depth of descriptions and questioning on these topics than our previous sessions.

Colin Seis will present all you need to know on how to transition from conventional cropping to pasture cropping including:

  • The history of pasture cropping
  • The benefits of pasture cropping
  • Keys to successfully integrating grazing into a cropping cycle
  • How to create resilient and diverse pastures
  • Machinery, fertilisers, herbicides (if any)

Graeme Hand will present on what it takes for successful adoption of Planned Grazing including:

  • Enterprise design- Adjusting stocking rate at a profit
  • Animal phenotype and the impact of no inputs, grass genetics and immunity
  • Infrastructure- staging changes
  • Monitoring- recovery, dung, gut fill, water and the importance of corrective action
  • Perennial grass- litter, decomposition, diversity
  • Training- making decisions within the correct context, how to set up a practice paddock and planning

Places are strictly limited. To secure a place at this limited seating event please RSVP before Monday 13th October to p: (03) 5448 7124 or e: [email protected]

Please feel free to distribute throughout your networks

More information will be available shortly in the form of a flyer.

About our presenters:

From 1992 until present, Colin Seis has been developing “pasture cropping”, a technique of sowing cereal crops directly into native perennial pastures.

The approach combines grazing and cropping into a single land use method where each one benefits the other economically and environmentally. (A ground swell of over 1500 farmers are already using the technique in Australia and it is also being adopted in the northern hemisphere.)

As well as managing “Winona” Colin has been running a farm consultancy business advising landholders on Pasture Cropping, native grass management, grazing management and land management.

During the last 15 years Colin has spoken at many workshops and seminars around Australia and internationally on the practical aspects of the system.

In 2005 Colin won the Central West Conservation Farmer of the year award and in 2007 won the inaugural “Carbon farmer of the year” award in NSW.

You can see Colin’s story online at here. Colin also features as one of the 19 case studies of innovative farm landscape management conducted by Soils for Life in 2012 (visit the Soils for Life website and case studies)

Graeme Hand is a Holistic Management Certified Educator. Graeme was taught by Alan Savory and learnt much through observing and through his own experience on his farm and other people’s farms.

Graeme is an engaging speaker and well-known expert on establishing profitable farming systems through the adoption of regenerative practices. This is a great opportunity for landholders to gain an overview on profitable, regenerative management practices aimed at improving the health of your stock, pastures and land while increasing profit and managing your workload.

Thanks and hope to see you there!

Joel

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