Pull on your boots and join Ensay ute drive

It’s not quite the scale of the Deni Ute Muster, but Agriculture Victoria and the Gippsland Agricultural Group are looking forward to seeing lots of boots on the ground at the Ensay Ute Drive on Tuesday 7 June.

Producers are invited to join the ute drive, which will take a tour of two local pasture demonstration sites, then finishing at the Ensay CFA shed with a discussion on sheep health, worm issues and drench strategies for both beef and sheep.

Agriculture Victoria Livestock Industry Development Officer Janice Dowe said the ute drive will start at Agriculture Victoria’s Weed Warriors Demonstration site and then move to Gippsland Agricultural Group’s ‘Sowing the Gap’ site.

“Pasture weeds, soil health and grazing management will be discussed at the Weed Warriors Site.

“The discussion will focus on identifying weeds that are currently growing in pastures and look at how best to improve their control.

“At the ‘Sowing the Gap’ site, discussion will be around the fodder species being trialed as options for filling winter feed gaps in the district,” she said.

Ms Dowe said presenters at the ute drive include Agriculture Victoria Livestock Officers Nick Linden and Fiona Baker, S&WSeedCo Agronomist Nicole Frost, and VIRBAC Gippsland Representative Sam Parish.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Weed management from a pasture perspective
  • Soil fertility and nutrient budgeting
  • Weed Warriors and Sowing the Gap Projects
  • Factors affecting lamb survival
  • Best practice drench management (focussing on local case studies).

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