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Free grazing management training

Courses will be at:       

Mt Gipps Station, 40km north of Broken Hil

Monday 22 and Tuesday 23 September, from 9am to 4pm daily

NSW Department of Primary Industries Research Station

Silver City Highway, Dareton

Thursday 18 and Friday 19 September from 9am to 4pm.

Team Leader - Ag Extension & Rangelands Grazing, Gemma Turnbull said the courses were an extension of the 2013 Total Grazing Pressure Incentive Program.

"Effective grazing has benefits that spread across any enterprise and is the key to ensuring that the land is kept in a productive state, particularly when we experience difficult climatic conditions," Ms Turnbull said.

"We are offering this training to any land holder who is interested in learning more about grazing management techniques."

Guest speakers at the training courses will be key staff from NSW Department of Primary Industries, Trudie Atkinson, Development Officer (Slopes & Rangelands), and Phil Graham, Technical Specialist (Livestock Systems).

Ms Turnbull said the two days would cover how to measure and manage groundcover, plant identification, pasture conditioning and monitoring, as well as perennial pasture utilisation.

"There will also be an introduction to livestock nutrition and an overview of how to estimate the digestibility and nutritional value of available feed," she said.

"Land holders will also have an opportunity to set targets for their livestock enterprises and to understand how to assess the condition of their stock."

Accommodation will be provided and all meals are included in both workshops. Bookings to secure accommodation are needed by 8 September to:

Dareton -  Ben Slingsby, 03 5021 9443  or   Mt Gipps - Isobel Colson, 02 6870 8631

Media contact:          Donna Ambler 0400 258 690 or Gemma Turnbull 02 6870 8632 (Mon-Wed)