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Beyond the Bale : March 2011
23 March 2011 BEYOND THE BALE ON-FARM meet and Andrew have been able to pass on to other producers the lessons they have learnt. The first field day covered topics including benchmarking, farm planning, grazing and pasture management, while the second field day covered the use of native perennials, and economical fencing in the steep Tumby Bay hills incorporating laneways and revegetation corridors. Andrew demonstrated how easy it is to move a large mob of 1700 ewes and lambs at foot, using only a motor bike, between two 40ha paddocks. "The field days are great, as they give everyone an opportunity to speak with other producers and get ideas and suggestions from them. There is never one way of doing things and it is important to help each other out," Emie says. Emie and Andrew keep planning for the future. They are now moving their focus onto getting a more reliable water supply established across the whole property. They are also planning to continue with re-vegetation and shelterbelts. "Setting of goals is important," Emie says. "Set yourself a 12 month target and work your way towards it; you'll be surprised about how much you can achieve." More information: Mary Crawford, Rural Solutions SA, (08) 8688 3414, firstname.lastname@example.org Tarsha McGregor, SheepConnect SA, (08) 8389 8806, email@example.com FAST FACTS l Pasture Picker is a powerful web-based tool for selecting pasture species suitable for your local conditions. l It also contains a comprehensive guide to pasture species. l The tool is updated regularly -- it provides only the most updated and relevant information about the latest pasture varieties and cultivars. Online tool aids pasture species choice Pasture Picker is a powerful and yet easy to use online tool for choosing the right pasture species suitable for your local environment and conditions. Producers using the tool enter details about their soil type, rainfall and the intended use of the pasture into the web-based program, which then generates a 'basket' of best pasture species for their own conditions and needs from over 128 species options. The program also provides a comprehensive fact sheet about each of the species' strengths, limitations, management, suitability for grazing, and currently available cultivars. Images of the species are also provided. The Pasture Picker tool was developed by CSIRO with funding from Pastures Australia -- a partnership between AWI and other rural Research and Development Corporations (RDCs). While the information existed prior to the development of this tool, it was in state-based, inconsistent formats that made it difficult for producers or those outside the pasture industry to access. Farmers either had to wade through numerous printed publications or troll through a range of different websites to access the information they sought. Pasture Picker is unique in that for the first time it provides all the information together in one package at one source. Because the tool is updated regularly it provides only the most updated and relevant information about the latest pasture varieties and cultivars. The tool is accessible to anyone at any time through the Pasture Picker website at www.pasturepicker.com.au While the tool is very powerful it is also very simple and straightforward to use even by those producers with limited computing skills. The tool is most effectively used in collaboration with pasture advisers who have an intimate knowledge of the local conditions. It can also be used as a valuable teaching tool for universities and schools. More information: www.pasturepicker.com.au Agricultural consultant Stuart Burge firstname.lastname@example.org Daniel Schuppan from Rural Solutions SA with woolgrower Andrew Cabot at one of the field days on 'Pillaworta'. Pasture Picker is a powerful web-based tool for selecting pasture species suitable for local conditions across the whole of Australia. Access it at www.pasturepicker.com.au.