Feeding Pastures for Profit facilitator Tom Farren has some one-on-one time with Inverloch’s Mitchell Wallis.

GippsDairy extension officer Donna Gibson (right) talks pasture with Mark Donchi from Stony Creek and Ridley’s Richie McGrath.

SOUTH Gippsland Feeding Pastures for Profit participants enjoyed a perfect first day of the program at Fish Creek recently.
A ‘classroom’ session and sun drenched farm walk made for a pleasurable and informative day for FPFP participants who were hosted by Shaun Cope on the farm he helps run with parents Graeme and Jenny.
FPFP is a GippsDairy and Dairy Australia program that uses levy funds to helps farmers with:
• Grazing management – understanding the science behind good grazing recommendations and introducing a ‘Rotation Right’ system
• Profitable feeding – the role of supplements and the interaction between grazing, supplement use and cow performance
• A practice based ‘individual’ system approach.
The GippsDairy program involves two days ‘up-front’ classroom style delivery plus five on-farm group days over the next 10 to 12 months.
Each participant is entitled to a one-off farm visit to support pasture rotation decisions.
Other programs are currently being held in West Gippsland and the MID.
For information about future FPFP programs contact GippsDairy extension officer Karen Romano at GippsDairy on 0417 524 916 or karen@gippsdairy.com.au