Braidwood seasonal update
03 November 2014
South East Local Land Services recently held a seasonal update forum at Braidwood to provide local producers and land managers with an opportunity to access information relevant to managing livestock and pastures during spring and early summer.
Land Services Officer, Rebecca Bradley said South East Local Land Services organises a number of seasonal updates around the region and attendees have indicated they find these events very useful.
"Producers and land managers appreciate hearing first-hand from livestock health and pasture management specialists in an on-farm format," Ms Bradley said.
District Veterinarian, Dr Bob Templeton discussed the current threats to local livestock and provided some examples and proposed management options for selenium deficiency, bloat which is commonly occurring in cattle due to the recent significant clover growth, liver fluke and pestivirus.
Senior Biosecurity Officer, Phil McGrath provided land managers with a range of feral animal control options to consider. Local Land Services plays a pivotal role in facilitating pest species control programs and can undertake property inspections and provide advice on rabbit, fox and pig control.
A seasonal update was provided, linking recent rainfall to current and predicted pasture growth looking forward to December this year. Livestock Officer, Matthew Lieschke, using the GrassGro® decision support tool, offered predictions in pasture growth and recommendations for grazing strategies to optimise the opportunity many producers have due to current conditions.
The nitrogen fixing ability of legumes is often recognised as a benefit to pastures. Agronomist, Luke Pope, provided a demonstration for determining the health of legumes and how effectively they may be fixing nitrogen in soil. A simple inspection of legumes can assist in determining if soils are lacking in certain nutrients, in order to get the best performance from pastures.
For more information contact South East Local Land Services Braidwood on (02) 4842 2594 or (02) 4842 2536.