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High country fodder crops in focus at Blayney event

With Red Meat prices buoyant, producers are looking at ways of maximising their return from fodder crops in 2016.

Farmers have an opportunity to hear the latest research on dual purpose crops from CSIRO scientist Dr Susie Sprague, talking in Blayney on the 28th January.

Dr Sprague will be talking about how dual purpose crops benefit livestock operations in the high altitude, high rainfall zone.

The event will cover all management aspects of fodder crop agronomy, utilising local knowledge and expertise. Independent agronomist David Harbison, from D R Agriculture Pty Ltd, will discuss fodder crop nutrition.

Central Tablelands Local Land Services staff will be there, including Regional Veterinarian Bruce Watt, who will cover animal health issues associated with fodder crops. Senior Lands Services Officer for Livestock, Brett Littler will discuss animal performance on fodder crops.

Chris Roweth, whose family farms near Errowanbang, said “The grazing Triticale we use has given us up to 70 days grazing and grain yields of around 4tonnes/Ha.

We drift lambs onto the Triticale and it’s been working well. But we’re always keen to see if there are other varieties that can do a better job on our soil type and altitude”.

Mr Roweth is also the Blayney Weeds Officer for Upper Macquarie County Council and will be on hand to discuss cropping techniques to control noxious weeds like serrated tussock.

Phil Cranney, Central Tablelands Local Land Services Officer for Pastures, said “the event has been initiated by local farmers wanting the latest research on fodder crops and dual purpose crops in high altitude areas of Molong, Blayney, Barry, Neville, Mandurama, Forest Reefs, Tarana, Rockley, Oberon and Black Springs.

Sheepconnect has been a great sponsor of this event and the Bathurst Merino Association has helped us promote the event to local producers. The information session starts at 9am and concludes at 1pm on Thursday 28th January”.

For more information on the event, please contact Phil Cranney on 02 6363 7888 or email

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