[ 05/02/2007 ]
It rains only once in a blue moon on many pastoral properties in central Australia – and when it does, can producers maximise it to their best possible advantage?
That is the focus of a Grazing Land Management Workshop for pastoralists in Alice Springs next month. "The timing could not be better for this workshop after the recent rains in central Australia," said Ellena Hannah of the Department of Primary Industry, Fisheries and Mines (DPIFM).
"This workshop gives pastoralists a great opportunity to assess the response from the recent rains: was their land rain-ready or in poor condition? It can be hard to tell the difference, but we will explain how."
Pastoralists are urged to register for the three-day workshop by 12 February. Miss Hannah, grazing land management officer, said subjects would include:
Miss Hannah said: "This is a course tailored for central Australia. Pastoralists will be able to learn from other people’s experiences and come up with their own framework for planning grazing land management and costing infrastructure development."
Registration forms are available from Miss Hannah on 08 8951 8143 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The workshop, on 11 - 14 March, is being organised by the Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association and DPIFM and is supported by the National Landcare Program.
Enrolment is $2500 with a 25 per cent reduction in course costs available to subsequent attendees from the same business. FarmBis may provide a subsidy of up to 80 per cent for eligible pastoralists.