Fine tuning farm planning for climate risk in Gippsland

Farmers will have an opportunity to gather and share ideas on how to better equip their farm business for managing climate risk in workshops to be held at Bairnsdale (24 November) and Maffra (25 November) this month.

Livestock Industry Development Officer Janice Dowe said the workshops will provide insights into likely future seasonal patterns, based on CSIRO modelling as part of the Victorian Climate Projections report (2030).

“The workshops will discuss the projected impacts on Gippsland farming such as changes in rainfall patterns, temperature increases, and variable growing seasons.

“Many Gippsland farmers are already responding to climate variability and are adjusting their farming practices, including pasture management and species selection.

“Workshop participants will have the opportunity to discuss possible impacts on their farm business and explore practical strategies for adapting their farming practices in response to a more variable and changing climate,” said Ms Dowe.

Workshop presenters include:

  • Dale Grey, Seasonal Risk Agronomist, with expertise in climate modelling, cropping, pastures
  • Dr Elizabeth Morse-McNabb, Senior Research Scientist, Dairy Production Sciences with expertise in monitoring pasture quality and quantity using sensor technology
  • Fiona Baker, Livestock Extension Officer, with expertise in pastures, grazing management and soil fertility (Bairnsdale session)
  • Billy Marshall, Irrigation Extension Officer, with expertise in irrigation, pastures, cropping and soils (Maffra session).

Please register by 5 pm the day prior on Eventbrite:

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