Pasture Research Update - Binya

Are you interested in hearing from DPI researchers, industry experts, and farmers who are breaking the mould?

Then mark March 12 and 13 for the 2024 Pasture Research Update!

Building resilience in your farming system is imperative in the face of changing season conditions. Riverina Local Land Services and the Southern NSW Innovation Hub’s 2024 Pasture Research Update will showcase the latest research on pasture improvement, soil health and animal husbandry. Presentations during the event will include:

  • The never-ending debate – mixtures or monocultures
  • The role of mixed species fodder crops in increasing productivity across variable seasons and environments
  • Soil sampling for pasture management – getting the simple things right
  • eID mandates and how data collection can maximise your livestock system
  • The role of drought resilient pasture systems in creating landscape-scale change
  • Preparing the red meat industry for a low Carbon economy
  • Local farming businesses that are pushing to achieve greater resilience in their farming systems

Keynote Speakers:

  • 2023 Farmers of the Year – Tess and Andrew Herbert
  • The Unbreakable Farmer’ – Warren Davies

This event is an exciting opportunity to connect to a wide range of research projects, interact with local rural organisations, and network with others in the Agricultural industry - don't miss out!

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Our Speakers

About Tess and Andrew Herbert

Tess and Andrew are owners and managers of Gundamain Feedlot and Gundamain Pastoral near Eugowra in Central West NSW. The operation includes a cattle feedlot, cropping, hay, silage production, an Angus breeding herd, merino and first cross ewe operation for wool and lamb production.

Gundamain is a fifth-generation farm which has built its land holding, particularly over the last ten years while investing and then selling two other feedlots. Its future focus is on succession planning, sustainability initiatives and growing the business further.

About Dr Jason Condon

Jason is Associate Professor in Soil Science at Charles Sturt University and has taught and researched soils there since 1996.

His research includes projects on fertiliser management, greenhouse gas emissions, carbon sequestration, nitrogen cycling, salinity management in Vietnam and the formation and management of soil acidity in Australian crop and pasture systems, work done in collaboration with NSW DPI, Holbrook Landcare Network, FarmLink and Central West Farming Systems.

Dr Alison Southwell

Alison joined Holbrook Landcare Network in 2021 after a 19-year career as an agricultural scientist and lecturer at Charles Sturt University. Alison completed a PhD in native grassland ecophysiology before turning her attention to teaching and researching pasture management, agricultural systems and extension, workplace learning and curriculum design. In addition to HLN, Alison manages a commercial fine wool Merino enterprise and is mother to two little girls.

Alison has been involved in Riverina Local Land Services Farming Smarter project. The primary objective of this project is to protect soils from wind and water erosion events. A total of 51 hectares of Alison’s property has been improved through the establishment of perennial pastures, lime application, and maintenance of groundcover.

Stephanie Cowley

Stephanie has worked as an agronomist, specialising in pastures, in southwest Victoria, and as property overseer in the Holbrook area. A key component of this latter role included optimising pasture production through rotational grazing and managing seasonal feed deficits.

Steph is the project manager of the ‘creating landscape-scale change through resilient pasture systems’ project. This project makes use of the latest research on pasture species and their management to increase perenniality within farming landscapes. When adapted to regional circumstances, these enhanced pastures have the capability to be carried out across 80% of the land area, making potential scalability extremely high. Demonstration sites are in Mangoplah and Bookham and showcase modern pasture species combinations and management practices known to build greater resilience into their landscapes.

Brooke Cowan

NSW is currently transitioning to mandatory individual electronic identification for sheep and goats. Brooke Cowan from NSW DPI will provide the latest information on the introduction of electronic identification for sheep and farmed goats, and updates on what funding is available to assist producers during this transition.

Carol Harris

Carol Harris is a Research Scientist with the NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) based at Glen Innes on the Northern Tablelands of NSW. Carol has over 30 years of experience conducting field-based pasture research in temperate and tropical pasture species evaluation and agronomy, optimising grass-legume pasture mixes to improve productivity and sustainability, soil fertility management, and invasive grass weed management.

Carol is the project leader of the MLA-funded project Mixed annual fodder crops for grazing animal production. This project will evaluate annual mixed fodder species for suitability for grazing in eastern Australia livestock operations. Agronomy and production of single-species crops compared to mixed-species annual fodder crops have been investigated, with their animal production potential quantified under variable climate conditions. The project has activities at Wagga Wagga, Tamworth, and Glen Innes, as well as six producer properties in southern, central, and northern NSW.

This project, secured by the Southern NSW Drought Resilient Adoption and Innovation Hub, received funding from the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund.

13 Mar 2024 (all day)


Binya Hall
5429 Burley Griffin Way

Hannah Brien
Land Services Officer (Livestock)
Phone 0455 557 949

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