On Tuesday Local Land Services Central Tablelands hosted an Ag Producers Forum at the Canowindra Services Club. Julie Reynolds of Local Land Services organised the day, which included four guest speakers and the latest information on livestock, pulses and market supply chains.
“We have hosted three of these across the region in Mudgee, Bathurst and now Canowindra” said Julie; “The main reason we’ve created these events is to get feedback on the services we’re providing and provide local producers with some of the latest developments.”
Local Land Services are relatively new, having been formed two and a half years ago by combining three organisations; Livestock Health and Pest Authority, Catchment Management Authority and Agricultural Advisory Services of the Department of Primary Industries. “This is where our responsibilities came from” said Ian Rogan, Chairman of Local Land Services Board who attended the forum; “We also have a role in the emergency services so that if farmers are affected by floods or fires it’s our job to help them.” Their services also include helping farmers control pest animals and weeds along with agricultural productivity advisory services and natural resource management.
Presentations on the day were by Rob Hart of Hart Bros Seeds on the integration of pulses into cropping rotations, Jasmin Nixon of Livestock Strategic Operations, Teys Australia who discussed branded beef programs, Troy Cruikshank of MH Premium Farms who demonstrated the corporation farming model, and current programs and services delivered by Local Land Services advisory staff. “We hope the information we have provided will be relevant to the farming community of Canowindra and others across the region” said Ian.