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Producers learn more about native pastures

Native pastures are an important part of the landscape on the Central Tablelands. They form the backbone of many grazing enterprises. They can be a valuable asset for agricultural production and have native conservation values.

Central Tablelands producers will have the opportunity to learn how to recognise some of the major native pasture species at a one-day workshop run by Central Tablelands Local Lands Services in Bathurst on November 30.

Organiser of the workshop, Land Services Officer, Pastures, Clare Edwards said native pastures could be difficult to recognise and urged local producers to take the time to attend the workshop.

"Knowing what native and naturalised pasture species you have is the first step in their management," Ms Edwards said.

"Most pastures in the Central Tablelands contain large numbers of grass and other herbaceous species. The dominant species, usually the grasses, determine the pasture characteristics."

She said the composition of a pasture varied from year to year depending on climate, grazing and fertiliser, which gave producers the scope to alter species composition to meet management goals.

"But this is only possible if the individual species can be recognised," Ms Edwards said. “This year there has been a large amount of introduced annual species due to the wet conditions in winter”.

Participants learn about grass structure, growth patterns and animal requirements in a morning session. The workshop will cover aspects of plants phenology and how to change and manage native pasture composition. The afternoon session will be spent in paddocks examining native pastures.

The day will start at 10.15am and finish at 3.00pm. Attendees are asked to ensure their vehicle is clean and if bringing plant samples for identification to make sure they are securely bagged. Lunch and morning tea will be provided.

This is a NSW DPI Tocal Profarm course presented by the Central Tablelands Local Land Services and funded by the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme and Catchment Action NSW.

Participants will also receive a copy of the book ‘Grasses of the NSW Tablelands’.

The workshop is free, but there are limited spaces, and producers are asked to RSVP.

For further information and directions please call Clare Edwards on 6378 1700 or mobile 0428 435 615 or by email clare.edwards@lls.nsw.gov.au

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