Making the most of native grasses

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Eyre Peninsula landholders have the opportunity to learn about grazing management and how it can improve their farming business and property ecosystem at an upcoming workshop.

6 October 2020

Hosted by the Eyre Peninsula Landscape Board, the native pasture identification and grazing management workshop will be held near Elliston on October 28.

The workshop will allow landholders and community members to learn about native grass identification and rotational grazing management in open grassy woodlands.

EP Landscape Board Landscape Officer, Libby Hunt, is excited to be showcasing native grasses and the benefits they have to production systems.

“This workshop will be a great tool for landholders to increase their understanding of the benefits of grazing management and how it can improve their farming business and farming ecosystem,” Ms Hunt said.

“Headlined by native grass specialists Millie Nicholls and Anne Brown, the program includes a paddock walk to identify native grasses growing locally.”

Simon Bey from Greening Australia will also be presenting at the workshop and is looking forward to sharing his knowledge.

“Landholders will have the opportunity to learn about the difference between winter and summer growing grasses, ground cover requirements and the feed quality of native grasses,” Mr Bey said.

“I’ll be discussing upcoming project opportunities and will be seeking landowner feedback on a funding proposal to enable a program that will improve the productivity and resilience of these areas.”

The workshop will include an identification session, information on rotational grazing and the opportunity to create a quick ID guide to local native grasses.

It will be held on Wednesday, October 28, at a property 30km south of Elliston. A BBQ and debriefing session will round out the event.

For further information please contact Libby Hunt on 0437 701 810 or libby.hunt@sa.gov.au.

The event is free but participants must register by October 16. To register, please go to www.eplb-grazingworkshop.eventbrite.com.au.

The Eyre Peninsula Landscape Board came into effect on 1 July 2020, replacing the former Eyre Peninsula Natural Resources Management Board.

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