Getting the best out of our pasture can be a real challenge, especially when we have to deal with extreme climatic conditions. At this event we will learn strategies to improve our pasture production and resilience, whatever the weather.
We will also get an insight into the farming operation of progressive young farmers Thomas and Hannah Oats, winners of the 2015 Farm Manager of the Year, West Coast/Top of the South. They are in their first season 50:50 sharemilking with owners Stuart and Adrienne Coleman. Find out how their focus on continually analysing and fine-tuning their operation helps them to succeed.
Building high yielding pastures that last
David Chapman, DairyNZ, will explain how to develop a long-term strategy for your pasture – building persistence and optimising your pasture production under varying climatic conditions. One of David’s specialties is determining the best grazing management and cultivars to achieve specific farm goals within a regional context.
Aimee Dawson, Ballance Science Extension Officer, will talk about getting the best “bang for your buck” from your fertiliser inputs into new and established pasture. She will outline what is needed to get optimal results: nitrogen applications (when and how much), the uses of soil and herbage testing, micronutrients, and the right approach for high rainfall areas.
Free event, all welcome. Morning tea and lunch provided.
Clean footwear at our field day will reduce the risk of spreading a disease, pest or weed.