Experts feature at field day

Field day: Attendees at last year’s ASHEEP Spring Field Day. This year’s spring field day will be held on Thursday, September 22. Picture: Supplied.
Field day: Attendees at last year’s ASHEEP Spring Field Day. This year’s spring field day will be held on Thursday, September 22. Picture: Supplied.

Next week farmers will have the opportunity to hear from experts at the Association for Sheep Husbandry, Excellence, Evaluation and Production (ASHEEP)’s spring field day. 

Esperance based ASHEEP executive officer Emma Graham said the day would give farmers a good idea of what’s happening in pasture paddocks across the region this season.  

Mrs Graham said the best brains in pasture agronomy and breeding would be on hand to answer any pasture management and agronomy questions. 

Several experts will travel to the region including Professor John Howieson and Dr Brad Nutt from Murdoch, Angelo Loi from the Department of Agriculture and Food WA, Dr Belinda Hackney from New South Wales Department of Primary Industries and Dr Jane Quinn from Charles Sturt University. 

Their expertise covers management and agronomy of legume pastures, photosensitivity from Biserulla and rhizobium and nodulation of legumes. 

This year’s spring field day will be held on Thursday, September 22. 

Over the course of the day the group will visit Esperance Rural Supplies pasture variety trial on Beltana road in Coomalbidgup.

The bus will then stop at one paddock of Santorini Serradella that is regenerating and another paddock that will be harvested for seed.

The group will also see the effect of different rates of Nitrogen fertiliser applied to a crop after a Santorini Serradella pasture.

The day will provide a good opportunity to ask questions on pasture establishment and management issues.

The afternoon will be spent in the Gibson and Neridup area looking at Landmark’s Messina trial.  

Messina is a salt-tolerant pasture legume suited to the more marginal areas.

After this the group will see sub-clover re-establishment on clayed and spaded country along Plowman Road. 

The bus will depart the Esperance Bay Yacht Club carpark at 8am.

Morning tea and lunch will be provided in the paddock for $10.

At the conclusion of the day the bus will return to Esperance at 8pm, after dinner and refreshments at Gibson. 

For more information and to register contact Emma Graham on 0457 937 774 or email eo@asheep.org.au 

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