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Hear latest on grazing crops

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September 15, 2017

A La Trobe University project, which has produced a vetch, canola and oats mixture

Machinery, livestock and crops will be centre stage at the Birchip Cropping Group’s Main Field Day event on Wednesday, September 13.

Complementing a grazing pastures presentation will be BCG livestock manager Alison Frischke who will discuss managing animal grazing across paddocks, virtual fencing, mineral nutrition management of sheep grazing cereal crops and the grazing value of stubbles.

Ms Frischke said this season had provided ideal conditions for grazing crops, and emerging varieties and their ongoing development had assisted livestock production in mixed farming enterprises.

‘‘Conditions at the beginning of the season were great, with an early break and subsoil moisture. There have been growers experimenting with grazing crops to get the most out of their mixed system,’’ she said.

‘‘Great examples of varieties that could be helpful for grazing are demonstrated in the managing early wheat trial, which will be discussed by SARDI (South Australia Research and Development Institute) research scientist Kenton Porker at the Main Field Day.’’

Ms Frischke will be joined by Agriculture Victoria senior veterinary officer Robert Suter, who will discuss fertility, managing ewes through pregnancy and lactation, potential health issues and meeting nutritional needs.

‘‘Rob will be able to answer many questions growers have with regards to livestock health and nutrition. He has a wealth of experience and is a great addition to the Main Field Day program,’’ Ms Frischke said.

Other topics include emerging weeds and their management, a spring forecast, harvest fire prevention and management, the latest on the mice situation, the economics of controlled traffic farming, alternative capital funding for farm businesses and frost identification.

For more information, visit: www.bcg.org.au/events or phone 54922787.

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