Learn new farming techniques

OXLEY Island farmers Pat and Louise Neal will once again open their farm as part of the Mid-Coast Adaptable Farming Systems Project. 

On May 30 from 10am to 2pm, leading farm business advisor Phil Shannon of Shannon Farm Consulting will talk about the achievements made by the Neal’s over the past ten months, even during the challenging summer seasonal conditions. 

Pat and Louise Neal will also share how they have focussed on batch calving in order to improve their herd fertility and farm profit.

The program will include:

• Considering the delicate trade-offs when choosing a calving pattern: between providing milk to optimise pricing and working to suit the environmental conditions. Optimising pricing involves balancing seasonal pricing arrangements and flat production requirements. Working with the environmental conditions is a balance between calving to match pasture growth and minimising the risk of high stock density during wet periods.

• Insights into how Pat and Louise have selected their calving pattern and the processes they have put in place in order to achieve high herd fertility and maintain tight calving periods.

• A farm walk with a focus on current seasonal considerations- managing the transition onto newly sown ryegrass pastures and using the “Rotation Right” tool to help get the grazing rotation right.

Registration would be appreciated. Bring your own chair, lunch and morning tea provided.

Contact Marguerite White, Project Manager (ICD Project Services) on: mwhite@icdprojectservices.com.au or phone/text: 0447 500 415