Expressions of interest (EOI) are now open to farmers in the Goulburn Broken Catchment to participate in a practical short course in regenerative grazing management.
Goulburn Broken CMA Regional Agriculture Landcare Facilitator Ashley Rogers said regenerative grazing management could help farmers build soil health, manage pasture growth and recovery, lower costs of production and increase profitability.
“Key principles include high stock density, long plant recovery and regular monitoring that decrease seasonal risk by supporting practices that help increase farm profitability and resilience to change, whether that be from climate variability, global prices or irrigation water availability,” Ms Rogers said.
The course will be delivered by two nationally lauded experts in the field, Colin Seis and Graeme Hand.
“Colin and Graeme are well-known and respected and have helped deliver cover-cropping and pasture cropping courses in the Goulburn Broken catchment in the past that attracted a huge amount of interest,” Ms Rogers said. “Regenerative grazing management practices share similar principles.”
The course will be offered over three days to coincide with key planning times in spring, summer and autumn.
The first session will be held on Wednesday October 24 at Benalla and cover:
- developing your grazing management plan and demonstration trial;
- selecting a design that works for you;
- practical daily monitoring and corrective action for animal health and performance;
- stocking rate and land health; and
- low-stress stock handling.
The second session will be held in February 2019 and the final session in April 2019.
The course is hosted by the Goulburn Broken CMA in partnership with Stipa Native Grasses Association through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program. The course is being offered at the highly discounted rate of $400 per farm business (normally valued at $1,500). Course fees include workshops over the three days, morning and afternoon tea, lunch, course notes and follow-up support.
The course is open to farmers in the Goulburn Broken Catchment and limited to a maximum of 20 farms. The EOI form can be found under the “Events” tab on the Goulburn Broken CMA website www.gbcma.vic.gov.au
and should be submitted by Monday October 15 to firstname.lastname@example.org or to PO BOX 124, Benalla VIC 3672.
Successful applicants will be notified by Tuesday October 16.