OVERSEAS pastures will be the focus of the fourth session of the online Grassland Society of Southern Australia’s 61st Annual Conference this week.
The ‘Pastures abroad’ session on Wednesday 12 August will feature Argentinian agronomist Martin Bigliardi from the Gentos company and New Zealand’s Professor Derrick Moot from Lincoln University.
Dr Moot will present on the New Zealand drivers of pasture production and options available to improve composition and management from 7.30-8.30pm.
Professor Moot leads the Dryland Pastures Research Programme at Lincoln University. For the last 25 years he has promoted the use of legumes in dryland pasture systems and developed grazing management practices to maximize animal production from them. His research focuses on rain-fed (350-700 mm) regions of New Zealand which are dominated by sheep and beef farming. He is an international expert in lucerne grazing management and is a frequent speaker to farm discussion groups and industry groups.
Pastures, farming and research in Argentina will be outlined by Mr Bigliardi from 8.30-9.30pm.
Mr Bigliardi has been working for Gentos for 16 years in the variety development area. Gentos is a prominent pasture variety breeding company that not only breeds, produces and supplies quality pasture varieties, but also offer technical knowledge to farmers to ensure they get the best production from their pasture varieties.
He is based in the Buenos Aires province and covers about 480,000 square kilometres of prime farmland ranging in climates of temperate to sub-tropical with rainfall averages of between 500-1200mm. He has worked with a number of species of grasses and legumes, focusing on persistence and best performance for beef and dairy production in varying climates.
It’s not too late to register for the fourth session “Pastures abroad” or for the full conference (including access to the recordings from the first three sessions).
Single session registration for GSSA members is $40, or the best value for GSSA members is full registration at just $150 – a saving of $110 compared to registering for each single session and purchasing a copy of the proceedings! Student member and non-member registration options are also available.