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Erosion major focus of Tara field day

Erosion control, pest animal management, innovative technology and fencing techniqueswill be the focus of a field day in the Cobar/Nymagee area later this month.

The field day will be held at Tara, south of Cobar on Friday 24 October.

The day kicks off at 8.30am with an erosion control workshop hosted by Darryl Hill, who is a highly-regarded expert, with more than 40 years of practical knowledge and experience using all types of earthmoving machinery.

Mr Hill has worked in all aspects of land management, from a ringer to head stockman, property manager and Landcare officer.

Senior Livestock Officer, Amy Gunn said the workshop would instruct land managers in how to design, construct and maintain farm infrastructure to minimise soil erosion, gullying and washouts.

"Landholders will learn the causes of erosion along tracks and fence lines and benefit from practical guidelines and demonstrations using machinery in the paddock," she said.

"We will cover how to build and maintain property access tracks, firebreaks and fence lines, as well as the best way to treat washouts and eroded fence lines."

An afternoon information session will start at 2pm with a series of short talks covering a range of hot topics current to the region.

Ms Gunn said these would include innovative management practices, new funding opportunities, strategies for improving grazing management, pest animals and invasive native scrub management.

There will also be practical tips on how to cope during difficult seasonal conditions.

"A highlight of the afternoon session will be a presentation by guest speaker Alan Hannaford from Inverness Station at Braidwood," Ms Gunn said.

"He will share his captivating and entertaining stories about life on the land in an entertaining part of the afternoon."

Anyone interested in attending the field day should confirm their attendance by 20 October by phoning Amy Gunn on 6836 1575or emailing amy.gunn@lls.nsw.gov.au.

Morning tea, lunch and a barbecue dinner will be provided as part of the field day.

Tara is 140km south of Cobar on the Gilgunnia-Condobolin Rd, 30km off the Kidman Way.

Media contact:          Donna Ambler 0400 258 690|    Amy Gunn   02 6836 1575  |  0417 794 189