Region-wide field day a resounding success
15 December 2021
It was a case of third-time lucky when the inaugural SA Arid Lands Pastoral Field Day was held on 2-3 December.
Twice postponed due to COVID, the event attracted more than 300 people from across the region, keen to hear about pastoral related topics. There were 18 different speaker sessions across the two days with themes ranging from animal health and nutrition, to understanding rangelands soils, holistic land management, diversification options and succession planning for the family business.
More than 50 stall holders also attended the event at Central Oval in Port Augusta, providing a really good trade display for attendees looking to find out more about products and innovations relevant to pastoral businesses.
From initial feedback provided, 100 per cent of attendees said the event was well organised, the mix of topics was suitable and the venue was appropriate. We’ll also use the feedback on topics of interest you want to hear more of to guide our planning for future events.
A full wrap up will follow in the April edition of Across the Outback.
Children were entertained with a Children's program on day one, featuring Animals Anonymous, Bugs N Slugs, Arid Recovery and Julian Craig.
Animals Anonymous presenters Adrian and Ophelia shared pythons, goannas, gliding marsupials, bettongs and more, giving children an opportunity to learn about and meet some animals that can be found in their own back yard.
Bill and Jane McIntosh of Gum Creek speak with Sally Henery of Alpana. Sally presented a Station Stays talk during the event.
Landholders had a chance to mingle and visit stalls during sessions breaks.
Dieri man Frank Warren, who is a member of the Marree Innamincka Landscape Group speaks with John Miller of Mundullio.
Attendees selected from 18 different speaker sessions covering a wide range of themes relating to the pastoral industry.