GIPPSLAND farmers are invited to a free workshop on Tuesday, May 10 in Leongatha to help them address losses of energy and nitrogen, to improve productivity.
West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority Regional Landcare Facilitator, Sam Shannon, said the workshop was specifically designed to provide practical solutions for farmers.
“The workshop is being presented by Adrian James,” Mr Shannon said.
“Adrian has worked with livestock producers on environmental and productivity issues for the past 11 years.
“More recently he has specialised in livestock emissions, working with NRM North in Tasmania.
“Farmers will get to see a wide range of approaches to capturing energy and nitrogen that can suit any farm,” Mr Shannon said.
Mr James said he liked to take a whole-of-system approach on farms.
“This helps producers reduce losses of energy and nitrogen at the soil and pasture level, then through the rumen and intestines of stock, and what lands back on the pasture again,” Mr James said.
“By managing those two big inputs more efficiently on farm, producers can reduce environmental and emissions impacts by improving productivity, just like changing a light bulb to reduce electricity costs.
“Of course, every farm and seasons are different so there’s no one-size-fits-all solution.
“Better understanding the whole system allows producers to pick and choose the best options for them, whether it’s faster liveweight gain, higher weaning rates, lower nitrogen fertiliser bills or better-balanced pastures.
“I’m looking forward to working with local farmers at the workshop” Mr James said.
For more information about this workshop, or to register your interest in attending, contact Sam Shannon on 5613 5978.
The workshop will be held at Community College Gippsland, Howard Street, Leongatha on Tuesday, May 10 from 10.45am to 2pm. Registrations are essential.
This project is supported by NRM North, South Gippsland Landcare Network and the West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority, through funding from the Australia Government’s National Landcare Program.