Improving beef and sheep production in the Jack and Albert rivers

On the 29th of May, farmers in the Jack and Albert rivers have the opportunity to hear from an agricultural expert and a local farmer on how improving fertiliser programs has saved one farm around $30,000 this year.

West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority’s (WGCMA) Healthy Soils, Sustainable Farms Coordinator, Tony Gardner, said managing fertiliser, grazing and other constraints can lead to savings, increased production and better environmental outcomes.

“We’ll hear from agricultural expert, Lisa Warn, who has completed three soil and nutrient plans with farmers in the Jack and Albert rivers area” said Tony.

“It’s a great opportunity for other farmers to hear about the recommendations and changes made as a result of working with Lisa.”

Binginwarri farmer, Keven Heggen, said before working with an agricultural expert he “would’ve continued pumping away with his normal fertiliser program.”

“With Lisa’s help we realised we were pretty high (with fertiliser) in most things,” explained Mr Heggen.

“I reckon we’ll save about $30,000 this year and we’ll be more targeted (with our fertiliser application) with a bit of nitrogen and far less phosphorous.”

The Jack and Albert Beef and Sheep Producers Field Day will be held on Monday, 29 May at the Binginwarri Hall, followed by a farm walk at the Heggen’s farm

For more information and to RSVP (essential) please email tonyg@wgcma.vic.gov.au or phone 0429 629 212.

 

This project is funded by the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program. See our events calendar for more.