Current mixed farming program

Welcome to the fourth phase of mixed farming work funded by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC).
 
The aim of this phase is to support farmers and advisors with information, training and tools to tackle the complexity associated with successfully integrating crops and livestock in a farming business. The focus is on understanding the opportunities, synergies and trade-offs in mixed farming, using the knowledge, experience and calculators created in previous phases of the Grain and Graze program.
 

The centrepeice is a mixed farming integration program being offered to farmers and advisors in 2019.

This integration program brings together key aspects of Grain and Graze into a whole farm package that addresses the management and matching of different feed sources with animal requirements.

The program is led by experienced deliverers; Cam Nicholson and Simon Falkiner in South West Victoria, Felicity Turner in South East South Australia and Jess Cretteden on the Eyre Peninsula.

The 12 month program includes six workshop sessions over the year along with 15 hrs of personal consulting time for each farm business.

The one to one consulting time enables the knowledge and tools from the workshop sessions to be customised to each individual farm.

The program explores what has been learnt about grazing crops, assessing the grazing value in stubbles, when and where to use short term pastures in crop rotations for weed control, nitrogen and soil improvement, as well as understanding the risk and volatility in your mixed farming system.

A range of simple tools will be use to compare the value of grazing a crop against possible grain yield loss, understanding how bringing short term pasture into a crop rotation affects overall profitability and risk and the use of approaches to assist in making tough decisions.    

An important part of the program is identifying critical decision points and contingencies for when things don’t go according to plan. 

For more information on the program and to register interest contact:

Cam Nicholson;  cam@niconrural.com.au

Felicity Turner;  fturner@mackillopgroup.com.au

Jess Crettenden; jessica.crettenden@sa.gov.au

 

Other shorter extension activities will be offered in 2019.