Field days focus on stock containment areas

March 14, 2017

Agriculture Victoria is hosting two field days focused on building and using stock containment areas (SCA).

Agriculture Victoria is hosting two field days focused on building and using stock containment areas (SCA), with one being held in Benalla later this month.

The field days will assist livestock producers who are considering building SCAs, as well as those who are seeking to improve their management of existing containment areas.

SCAs are a valuable farm management tool to help with maintaining ground cover, minimising weed infestations and erosion, and protecting pastures to maximise recovery during dry times.

Removing stock and feeding in containment areas can also allow for closer monitoring and management of livestock nutritional requirements.

Agriculture Victoria land management extension officers and event co-ordinators Ian Gamble and Greg Bekker have designed these hands-on workshops.

‘‘Participants will receive expert advice and share ideas with Agriculture Victoria extension staff and local farmers,’’ Mr Gamble said.

Local farmer experience will be an important element of both field days. The morning sessions will include a farm tour and discussion on SCA site selection, design and building, while in the afternoon there will be presentations and discussion about use of containment areas as a farm management tool, nutritional requirements, feed budgeting, water, shade and animal health considerations.

There is no cost to attend the workshops and lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Participants should arrive at 9.45am for a farm tour at 10am sharp.

RSVP is needed for catering purposes and location details.

■To RSVP to the Benalla workshop on Wednesday, March 29, on cattle containment areas, phone Greg Bekker on 0417340236 or email greg.bekker@ecodev.vic.gov.au

■The other field day will be held at Taminick on Tuesday, March 21, for sheep containment areas, and RSVPs should be made to Ian Gamble by phoning 0437362620 or email ian.gamble@ecodev.vic.gov.au

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