Farm course lends helping hand

AFTER doing a Prograze course in 2006 Paul Martin fenced his four hectare block at Raleigh into five main paddocks with a laneway to allow him to move stock easily between any of the paddocks.

At times he has been able to run up to 10 cows and calves on his small rural block and he believes being able to spell paddocks is the key to maximising pasture production.

Mr Martin used rot-proof and termite-proof concrete posts and ringlock so the fences would be suitable for both sheep and cattle.

Mr Martin said the Prograze course run by NSW Department of Primary Industries was 'one of the best things I ever did'.

“I learnt a lot,” he said.

“I liked that it was hands-on and that you go to other people's places and see their practices - you can then use bits and pieces of their practices on your place.

“There were six different qualified people who came along during the course imparting their expertise practically one-on-one - that's pretty good.”

The DPI's Prograze course involves eight one-day sessions looking at pasture assessment, grazing management, soils and animal production.

A new Prograze course for the Bellingen and Coffs Harbour region is starting on March 10.

The course has been subsidised by Landcare, with a greatly reduced cost of $150 per farm.

Numbers are limited, so contact Kate Goode in the Bellinger Landcare Office on 6655 0588 to book a place.

Contact Tac Campbell, DPI District Agronomist on 6640 1647 for more information on Prograze.

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