Newsletter October 2021

Gippsland Agricultural Group e-News October 2021

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Edition 16 –  October 2021
Welcome to the Gippsland Agricultural Group’s monthly e-newsletter.
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The 2021 Spring Field Day is fast approaching, so below is a closer look at what the day will look like.

The event will consist of small groups of farmers lead on a tour by friendly tour guides and will visit 6 different presenters in the paddock, who together have a wealth of agricultural knowledge.

Tours will leave on the half hour starting at 9:00am and will take approximately 4 hours.

Please be prepared for an outdoors COVID-19 safe event;
* Muddy ground suitable boots
* Sun/wet/windy suitable clothing
* Insect repellant
* Water & food (none will be provided)
* No toilet facilities will be available
* Social distancing
* QR Code check in
* Face masks

Due to COVID-19 restrictions all participants MUST register to attend, you CANNOT just drop in on the day
Click Here To Register To Attend
Peter Notman
N, P, K, S and lime – their influence on your pasture/crop and costs versus benefits
Peter is the managing director at Notman Agricultural Services and oversees Notman Pasture Seeds in a management role using his extensive agriculture knowledge to provide the best products to local farmers.
Notman Pasture Seeds is a family run business that supports the agricultural industry in Australia improve productivity and efficiency through enhanced growth in the paddock.

Established by Peter & Elaine Notman, Notman Pasture Seeds has grown from a small business operating out of a tractor shed on the family farm to a large organisation working with hundreds of farmers annually to improve their pasture and crop potentials.

Peter is a Nuffield Scholar, and past Chairman of the Victoria branch; a facilitator of focus farms over 20 years; invited as guest speaker internationally in North and South America, Asia, Europe and New Zealand. 
Casey Willis
Winter fodders to fill feed gaps – variety performance in Gippsland’s conditions
Casey is a technical adviser to the research plots at the Gippsland Research Farm.

Casey has a passion for agriculture and agronomy, she has worked in the industry throughout QLD, NSW and Victoria. Her broad knowledge, degree in agriculture and drive for learning give her fantastic insights into the current issues facing local farms.

Casey will be presenting information on the 60+ varieties of winter fodder varieties grown this season at the Gippsland Research Farm, highlighting individual species performance including cereals, grasses and legumes.

As well as assisting at the Gippsland Research Farm two days a week, Casey also works at Nutrien Ag Solutions in Sale, where she has been for the past 5 years.

Casey says the best part of her job is talking to farmers. She loves taking a walk through the paddocks and finding solutions to farmer’s needs. Her key areas of expertise are identifying weeds and insects, and she has a keen interest in soil and plant health.
Peter Norwood
The role trace elements play in soil, plant and animal health
Peter Norwood is an agronomist, animal nutritionist and human nutrition consultant specialising in nutritional balancing.

Peter grew up in central NSW Australia at Mendooran on a 1,300 acre farming enterprise . Peter’s passion for Agronomy developed when the local government agronomist came on farm took some soil tests and came back a month later and told his Dad what to do!  Not many people could tell his Dad what to do!

Peter attended Charles Sturt University at Wagga Wagga NSW and completed a Bachelor of Applied Science Agriculture Degree. 
In 2010 Peter discovered hair mineral analysis was available as a tool and went on to complete a Diploma of Nutritional balancing and hair mineral analysis through Dr Lawrence Wilsons course run by Westbrook university in the US. 

From 1999 to March 2013 Peter worked as an agronomist and animal nutritionist for a small family run feed and fertiliser business in Gippsland Victoria. 

Peter and his wife now run their hair mineral analysis and farm consulting business, Full Circle Nutrition, and consult on soil-plants-animals-humans in Australia, New Zealand, Belgium, Holland, Germany, US and Canada .

Peter and his wife, Emma, have four young children and they also operate their small farm holding which consists forage crops for silage.
Peter’s educational journey has included studies in:
  • Soil nutrition – with training in soil balancing using Kinsey/ Albrecht program, a production systems that applies nutrition in a sustainable way to boost nutritional status of pastures, crops and food production. This has provided insight into the declining nutritional status of our food production systems and how best to address this issue.
  • Bachelor of Applied Science – providing a grounding in important biochemical, biological and natural ecosystems. 
  • Business Masters – focusing on business research methodologies, strategic planning and human resource coaching methods
  • Nutritional Medicine (Advanced Diploma) – with a focus on nutritional aspects of human health including detoxification methods, optimising digestion and methods that can help in balancing the endocrine and nervous systems.
Stephanie Bullen
Drench resistance and how to avoid it in your stock

Stephanie is a dairy cattle veterinarian and Lead – Animal Health & Fertility within the Farm Profit and Capability Group at Dairy Australia.

Previously Stephanie was the Milk Quality Specialist at Saputo Dairy Australia, with key aspects of her role including mastitis and dairy hygiene investigations, training and technical support to the Field Services team, development of supplier extension/communications and engaging with veterinarians and other industry stakeholders to mitigate the risk of antibiotic and other veterinary chemical residues in milk.

Stephanie was in private veterinary practice at the Maffra Veterinary Centre from 2011-2016 and completed a residency in Dairy Cattle Medicine through the University of Melbourne in 2015. Her time was split between training final year veterinary students in dairy cattle medicine and surgery, conducting farm-based research and receiving advanced clinical training in dairy cattle medicine and surgery.
Stephanie also completed a Master of Veterinary Studies (Clinical – Dairy Cattle Medicine) and Masters of Veterinary Science during this time. Stephanie’s MVSc research was the first report of anthelmintic resistant Ostertagia spp. on Australian dairy farms and was published in the Australian Veterinary Journal in January 2016. She has also co-authored papers published in Australian Cattle Veterinarian and Production Animal Science and have reviewed submissions for the Journal of Dairy Science and Australian Veterinary Journal.

In 2016 and 2017 Stephanie was an adjunct lecturer at La Trobe University in Dairy Case Studies whereby she introduced students to dairy consultancy in herd health, genetics, nutrition, pasture management and welfare. She has a Cert IV in TAE and has delivered Transition Cow Management, Hassle Free Calving and AHCLSK307A Euthanise Livestock training courses to farmers, veterinarians, saleyard workers and stock disposal contractors in Victoria and South Australia.

My professional interests are heavily focused on dairy herd health and include:
– Dairy extension
– Mastitis
– Dairy Hygiene
– Reproduction & fertility
– Young stock
– Parasite control
– Transition cow management

Greg Hall
Precision agriculture – mapping and managing paddock variability

Greg is the area manager Southern region of Precision Agriculture.

Precision Agriculture aims to improve our customers’ productivity and profitability through better, more informed management decisions.

As a leading provider of precision agriculture services, Precision Agriculture’s whole focus is on data, insight and action. Precision Agriculture firmly believe that collecting the highest quality data is essential, but it only becomes truly valuable when combined with the experience and expertise to turn that data into actions and tools that match the client’s goals. Whether it’s on-farm, for industry or government we collect, measure and interpret data to find opportunities for technology to deliver savings and unlock potential. They provide practical assistance and support to apply findings to the real world. They foster partnerships with leading suppliers in order to bring the latest in technology to our customers with products and services from around the globe.

With offices around the country and a team dedicated to advancing excellence in agricultural production and land management, they have the knowledge, technology and skills to deliver leading precision agriculture services tailored to our customers’ needs.

Local Producers
Establishing perennial pastures in Gippsland’s conditions


Local producers who are participating in the Meat & Livestock Australia project “Establishing perennial pastures in a variable climate” will be discussing their experiences, what has worked and what has not.

The discussions will focus on ground preparation, nutrient management and species selections.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions all participants MUST register to attend, you CANNOT just drop in on the day

Either click link below or call Jen Smith on 0409 436 133

Click Here To Register To Attend
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345 Bengworden Rd, Bairnsdale, 3875
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