The opportunity for Monaro land managers to participate in the highly regarded PROGRAZE® course is here.
South East Local Land Services is establishing a PROGRAZE® group for the Monaro region, with the first session to commence this spring.
PROGRAZE® is designed to help producers develop skills in pasture and animal assessment and then use these skills to improve the productivity and sustainability of their grazing systems.
“PROGRAZE® is presented over a series of eight half-day workshops that are usually held four to six weeks apart across a 12 month period to capture the seasonal variations in pasture and animal production,” said Local Land Services Senior Agriculture Advisor, Jo Powells.
“The course uses a hands-on learning approach with the workshops conducted on group members’ farms with a strong in-paddock approach.”
Participants will be assisted to develop their skills in:
- visual pasture assessment for pasture quality and quantity
- understanding how pasture quality and quantity impact on animal production
- assessing livestock fat scores
- using pasture and livestock assessments to match pastures to livestock requirements
- using grazing management to improve the productivity and sustainability of pastures
- using fodder budgeting to make the best use of pastures and fodder crops
- using pasture assessment to make supplementary feeding decisions
- using grazing management to help control worms.
The course is suitable for all producers – new land managers with only small livestock numbers, through to long term graziers managing multiple livestock ventures.
Past PROGRAZE® participants reported that participation in the coursehad resulted, or would result, in improved financial returns and improved productivity and stability of pastures to their farm.
PROGRAZE® is subsidised by South East Local Land Services, with the cost of the course only $400 per farm business. Contact Jo Powells on 0429 785 986 or email Jo.Powells@lls.nsw.gov.au, or Libby Stewart on 6455 7200, to register your interest.