The course is conducted over two years with 6-7 one day sessions each year. Group size is 10-15 producers with each session held at a different farm location.
The sessions are structured around the themes of:
- pastures for extensive livestock
- soils and landclass
- livestock- strategies to address production, environmental and lifestyle requirements
- the nuts and bolts of grazing management
- tactical management to balance feed demand and supply
- making on farm strategic change
- producer presentations of change on farm
The structure and process of the Whole Farm Grazing Strategies program can be found in the EverGraze Exchange – Making strategic on farm decisions.
- Skills to evaluate profit, risk, environmental and lifestyle targets on grazing farms.
- Prioritization of changes unique to each farm. Current practises are assessed against regional best practice and benchmarks such as soil fertility and condition, grazing management practices, stocking rates, livestock production per head and per hectare (wool and meat) and animal health.
- Understanding options available and their relevance to your system including; changes to grazing management, soil management, livestock systems, livestock management, stocking rates and pasture species.
- Encouragement to consider/try options.
- Group discussion to allow participants to learn from experience of others.
- A farm walk is conducted in each session to reinforce the messages delivered.
The program recognises that every farm is unique. Producers need to decide the solutions they need to be more profitable and make life easier. Different options are discussed throughout the course and through group discussion, farm walks and presentation of experimental results, producers decide the best option for their farm.
To see current events and dates, refer to our AgCalendar.