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Grassland Society to reactivate Gippsland Branch

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The Grassland Society of Southern Australia is aiming to reactivate its Gippsland branch.

The branch hopes to spark fresh interest at its annual general meeting and dinner at Warragul on March 27 and is planning future on-farm trials and visits in the region.

President Brigid Watson said the branch wanted to become more active and attract younger members.

Ms Watson said the society was unique because it brought together farmers and scientists but it had been relatively inactive in Gippsland over recent years.

“There is competition from other organisations, but the Grassland Society has a lot to offer,” she said.

“It is a place where farmers and researchers can talk in an informal way to share information that will drive profitability for producers,” she said.

“Producing good pastures is still the best way to achieve profitability for any farming enterprise.”

Ms Watson said if there was sufficient interest, the society would reintroduce local field trials

“The society attracts people who are passionate about their business but the branch has an ageing population so we need some new blood.”

Branch membership has been steady in recent years at around 50 but members are being encouraged to become more active and to introduce a friend or colleague at the March 27 dinner at the Black Tie Restaurant, 90 Alfred St, Warragul.

Ms Watson said becoming a member of the society was good value for anyone interested in grasslands farming.

“Anyone involved in agriculture will benefit from hearing about new research. They will get new ideas and also enjoy networking. There are a lot of people very passionate about grasslands farming.”

“Being involved is good for pasture production and good for careers.”

Ms Watson said the society was beneficial to farmers and agribusiness workers.

“The dairy industry has a good network for young farmers but they would also benefit from being involved in the Grassland Society, as would people involved in beef, sheep and grazing.”

The dinner coincides with the first day of Farm World.

The GSSA is the peak farmer organisation dedicated to the transfer of information and technology related to temperate grasslands. Formed in 1959, the society has branches in South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and southern New South Wales.

The society aims to provide an opportunity to meet and exchange information, ideas and experiences relating to all aspects of grassland farming; to encourage the investigation of problems related to grassland farming and foster the adoption of advances resulting from research, experimental work and practical experience.

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