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Grazing cereals kicking goals

Cowra Farmers are looking to increase their livestock returns from their dual purpose cereals. They have an opportunity to gain some valuable information at the Cowra Cropping and Livestock Update this Thursday 23 February.

The Cropping and Livestock update is being held at the Cowra agricultural research Station Pridham Centre starting at 12 pm and will finish at 4 pm.

Phil Cranney, Senior Land Services Officer Pastures, Central Tablelands Local Land Services said “last year may have produced some great crop yields away from the flood affected country, but the prices received on farm were way down on what they expected”.

“With lamb and beef prices staying strong, producers are keen to see where they can squeeze more profit from their grazing cereal enterprise and this is the information that we are keen to get out there", said Mr Cranney.

Tim Wright, Senior Agronomist with Ag-n-Vet said that “Knowing what grazing cereals are performing best locally can help you decide which varieties are sown when and where."

“We can’t control when it rains, so knowing the optimal planting window for each variety and crop type is crucial to getting the best out of dual purpose crops," commented Mr Wright.

With livestock being the biggest contributor to the gross margins of most mixed farmers, Brett Littler, Senior Land Services Officer Livestock, Central Tablelands Local Land Services will also be presenting at the update.

Mr Littler said “Sheep producers have taken on the messages about feeding lime, magnesium and salt dry licks to reduce production losses. However, cereals are one thing, but grazing brassicas are a different kettle of fish and there are few little tricks to grazing management to help producers maximise returns."

For more information about the event, please call Phil Cranney 0458 745 478.

To register for this free event click on this link - https://www.trybooking.com/ONSO

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