Minimum Till Field Day


More than 50 people gathered in the Balgree Stud selling complex at “Nooroo” Bingara to discuss silage opportunities in the region and minimum tillage technology.

Topics covered included silage crop preparation, storage and nutritional value to stock. The silage storage on “Nooroo” was inspected and discussions revealed that silage facilities like those inspected, could easily be established within one year provided the right advice was received and credible contractors utilised.

Importantly, animal health was also discussed with ways of efficiently feeding cattle and maximising stock weight gains.

Two local landholders displayed their converted conservation farming machinery and discussed the lessons learnt and gains they had received from adopting direct drill technology. Machinery salesmen from Kenway & Clark Inverell, Black Truck and Ag Moree and Tony Williams Machinery from Armidale were available to discuss options for machinery in the area.

A discussion of a trial utilising conservation farming machinery to direct drill native grass, shrub and tree species created some interest. Landholders were amazed at the potential to quickly revegetate large areas using their own machinery and possibly even their own seed collected on-farm.

Mr John Bryant of Inverell said “it was one of the best field days he had been to in awhile” and that “[he] had actually learnt something and will change some of [his] management”.

The day was organised by Landmark Warialda and Upper Gwydir Landcare Association (UGLA) together with Border Rivers-Gwydir Catchment Management Authority (BR-G CMA).

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