How best to manage two problematic perennial grasses Coolatai and African Love Grass is the topic of a field day to be held at Glendon Brook Hall on Monday March 20.
The day will run from 9:30am to 2:30pm and is being organised by Hunter Local Land Services.
Presenters will include Bob Freebairn, consultant agronomist and Bill Hoff, Hoffman Beef Consulting.
Coolatai is an invasive drought, fire and herbicide tolerant tussock forming perennial grass.
The grass readily invades pastures and dominates them, particularly where ground cover is low (less than 70%) due to the grazing regime (set stocking) and low soil fertility. Failure to appropriately manage a Coolatai grass dominated pasture will see a monoculture of tall rank growth of low digestibility (<40%) and protein (<7%). Sheep production will be poor and cattle will need supplementary nitrogen or protein to be able to utilise the feed.
African lovegrass is a hardy, drought tolerant perennial grass species. In some countries it is regarded as valuable for animal production and soil conservation but in others, such as Australia, it is regarded as a weed due to its low feed quality and acceptance by livestock.
Morning tea and lunch will be provided.
Contact Sarah Giblin, senior land officer Hunter LLS mob: 0409785172 email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Scone LLS officer: 65402400