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Free grazing management training near Wilcannia

Western Local Land Services is offering a free two-day grazing management training course for land holders and property managers near Wilcannia.

The two-day workshop is aimed at helping land holders set realistic paddock management objectives and map out achievable and affordable strategies to deliver those goals.

It will be at Warrawong on the Darling, 3km from Wilcannia, on Tuesday 14 and Wednesday 15 October from 9am to 4pm.

Team Leader - Ag Extension & Rangelands Grazing, Gemma Turnbull said the course was 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 the training to any land holder who is interested in learning more about grazing management techniques."

Guest speakers at the training course 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.

To book a place this training course and reserve your accommodation phone Isobel Colson on 02 6870 8631.

Media contact:          Donna Ambler 0400 258 690 

                                    Gemma Turnbull 02 6870 8632 (Mon-Wed)