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Future Farming - Lower South West Hub Spring Field Day

 

Presented by the Lower Blackwood LCDC & Southern Dirt, this promises to be an action & information packed event not to be missed. Featuring great presenters & a fantastic combination of topics, we’ll be focused on local landholders’ sustainable agriculture solutions to future proof their businesses - get ready to be inspired!!



Field Day Details:

Travel: by bus to presentation & demonstration sites. Meet at the LCDC Kudardup Headquaters 403 Kudardup Road, Kudardup (WA) at 9.30am. If you wish to travel to the demonstration sites in your own transport please contact us for location details.

Catering: - a cut lunch will be provided & the event will conclude with nibbles and a glass of wine at Glenarty Road.

Event Ticket Cost: $15/ participant.

For more information please contact Kate Tarrant, LCDC Communications Officer,

T: 9758 4021 | Mob: 0409203056 | E: kate.tarrant@lowerblackwood.com.au

Presenters & Topics:

For more details on our presenters & their topics read on..

Topic 1: Pasture technology and biomass measurement for improving pasture growth productivity.

  Brad Wooldridge, Pasture Productivity Consultant

Brad Wooldridge, Pasture Productivity Consultant

Leading Arthur River & Kalgan sheep producer and consultant, Brad has been involved in experimenting &  using technology to assist his farming process since the early 1980’s. Technologies such as virtual fencing, high-resolution satellites and the capacity to integrate cropping variable rate technology with pastures are all part of Brad’s portfolio of experience.

At our event Brad will give event participants an insight into using some ag technologies with different management techniques, including  measuring pasture bio-mass, to improve pasture productivity.

  Matt Nield, Karridale Wool Grower

Matt Nield, Karridale Wool Grower

Matt Nield runs upwards of 8000 dry sheep equivalents (dse) in Karridale. It is a self replacing merino flock producing wool in a high rainfall zone. Stocking rate of 16.5dse/wgha in a normal year. Growing grass is the cornerstone of the operation to achieve high stocking rates and profitability. 

Matt will share his grass farming strategy to increase his overall carrying capacity, which has proven to increase profit and reduce greenhouse gas emissions intensity.


Topic 2: Drones - What they can do for my business - a presentation & demonstration.

  Ed Riggall, Farm Management Consultant & Director, Ag Pro Management

Ed Riggall, Farm Management Consultant & Director, Ag Pro Management

 

Ed has a background in mixed farm systems, benchmarking and technology that can make any sort of agriculture easier & efficient. Ed has a special interest in drones and will discuss a commonly asked question: Drones - are they worth the effort? Ed will also outline what a reasonably priced drone can do for your business.


Topic 3: Trial site visit - a paddock walk to see the benefits of using soil testing to make better fertiliser decisions.

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This is a fantastic opportunity to see for yourself the impacts of soil testing on fertiliser application decisions. Discuss the results with fellow farmers and Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) officers.

The Regional Estuaries Initiative is a State Government program to restore the function and improve the health of six estuaries in the South West.


Topic 4: Micro-Abattoirs - future opportunities & how to go about it.

  Jeff Pow & Michelle McManus, Co Founders, South Hampton Homestead & Farm

Jeff Pow & Michelle McManus, Co Founders, South Hampton Homestead & Farm

Jeff & Michelle are co-founders of Western Australia's only vertically integrated, beyond organic, pasture-raised chicken and duck operation. His animals are hand-reared on perennial pastures, insects and sunshine.

The birds are harvested and prepared by hand in the custom-built poultry processor – a modern, fully equipped and approved micro-abattoir and butchery room. It is the first facility of its kind in the South West. 

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South Hampton Farm were National Landcare Award winners in 2016 for Innovation in Sustainable Farm Practices, and also took home Landcare’s People Choice Award in the same year.

Jeff & Michelle will share their experience of setting up their microabbattoir and where they see future opportunities for others to do the same.


Topic 5: The Glenarty Road journey, the challenges and rewards of agritourism

  Ben McDonald Farmer, Vigneron & Sasha Foley, Winemaker, Glenarty Road

Ben McDonald Farmer, Vigneron & Sasha Foley, Winemaker, Glenarty Road

Ben & Sasha love the term agricultural, “we see it as a way of thinking laterally and being responsive to what mother nature throws at us.  We take this approach from 'Ground to Glass' and 'Paddock to Produce' ensuring that what you are tasting is a true representation of the site, the season and a bit of hard science”.

 
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Ben & Sasha will share with you details of their approach and their agritourism journey, the challenges & the rewards on their beautiful Glenarty Road property.

At the end of the presentation we’ll get to sample some of their fabulous food and wine - a perfect end to the day!.


Earlier Event: September 27
Improving Soil Health - An Agronomy View