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Grazing management courses start soon

Opportunities are arising across the South East Local Land Services region in the coming months for landholders to participate in the highly regarded PROGRAZE® course. The course is designed to help producers develop skills in pasture and animal assessment and then use these skills to improve the productivity and sustainability of their grazing systems.

PROGRAZE® is presented over a series of 8 half-day workshops that are usually held 4 - 6 weeks apart across a 12 month period to capture the seasonal variations in pasture and animal production.

The course uses a hands-on approach, with the days being conducted on group member’s farms with a strong in-paddock approach. Participants will be assisted to develop their skills in:

  • Visual pasture assessment for pasture quality and quantity;
  • Understanding how pasture quality and quantity impact on animal production;
  • Assessing livestock fat scores;
  • Using pasture and livestock assessments to match pastures to livestock requirements;
  • Using grazing management to improve the productivity and sustainability of your pastures;
  • Using fodder budgeting to make the best use of pastures and fodder crops;
  • Using pasture assessment to make supplementary feeding decisions; and
  • Using grazing management to help control worms.

The course is suited for all producers, be they new landholders with only small livestock numbers, through to long term graziers managing multiple livestock enterprises. A recent survey of past PROGRAZE® participants found that 87% indicated participation in the coursehad resulted, or would result, in improved financial returns to their farm. In addition, 96% indicated that their participation in the course had resulted, or would result, in improved productivity and stability of pastures on their farm.

Upcoming PROGRAZE® courses are due to commence in the following locations:

Southern Highlands – 18 April 2016

Braidwood – 29 April 2016

Southern Monaro – 23 May 2016

Bega (abridged course) – June 2016

Yass – July 2016

Contact your South East Local Land Services office to register your interest and take advantage of this great opportunity.