Unlocking the potential of Native Grasses

3 November 2015

Do you know the difference between a native and an exotic grass? Are you aware of the benefits of native grasses for grazing purposes? Many local landholders have native grasses on their properties, yet many may not be able to identify the species or realise their significance. It has been estimated that less than 0.5% of the original native grassland in the Victorian Volcanic Plains area, found to the west of Melbourne, remains. They are listed under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1992 which makes it very important for landholders to understand their responsibilities and options with managing these native grasses. Supported by the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme, the Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority (PPWCMA) will be holding a workshop on Friday 13th November to educate landholders on how to identify native grasses on their land, their benefits for grazing and how to encourage their growth. PPWCMA Sustainable Land Management Coordinator, Anthony Dufty, said, “It is important that we, as farmers, understand how we can graze native grasslands without causing them damage and the facts on the productivity benefits they can have for our stock. “The workshop will provide a practical means of identifying native pasture species and will bring the latest information on production benefits these species can have for commercial graziers”, he said. The workshop will be held on a farm that has been successfully working to protect and enhance native pastures for many years. An expert on the grazing of native grasses from the North-East of Victoria, Meredith Mitchell, will present the latest information on how to develop grazing systems to protect native grasses whilst continuing a commercial enterprise of farm grazing. Workshop details: Where: Ray-Monde Deux Farm, 250 Dalrymple Road, Sunbury When: Friday 13th November 2014 Time: 9:30am for morning tea; Presentation commences at 10am Please contact Anthony Dufty on 03 9971 6506 for further information on the event or to register your attendance. Registration will close at 5pm on Wednesday 11th November. ENDS.