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The Tamar Pasture Improvement Demonstration Project Survey

The Tamar Pasture Improvement Demonstration Project Survey

Congratulations Brian!


The draw for the Green Tractor was conducted at Mowbray Office on 7th December. The winner is Pipers River Farmer Brian Baxter. It may be a bit small to help with this year’s hay and silage, but will look great under the Xmas tree!

The survey remains open and we encourage others to participate until March 2018. Available online, via phone or post.

Click on the Survey Link:


2018 Ragwort Raids

2018 Ragwort Raids

Call for Volunteers

Link to Poster


East Tamar When: Saturday 20th January 2018

Where: Meet at Pipers River Fire Station – 9 am -12 pm

BBQ Lunch provided

Launceston Area  When: Saturday 20th January 2018 & Tuesday 23rd January

Where: Meet at Waverley Lake Carpark, Naroo Street – 9 am -12 pm

BBQ Lunch provided on Saturday only (at Piper’s River Fire Station)

West Tamar When: Sunday 21st January 2018

Where: Meet at Winkleigh Hall, Winkleigh Road – 9 am -12 pm

BBQ Lunch provided

You will be provided with all the safety gear and instructions.

All Volunteers to Contact

Jayne Shapter

0447 944 377

for information and registrations




Heartwood: The art and science of growing trees for conservation and profit

by Rowan Reid, Forest Scientist and the owner of the Bambra Agroforestry Farm. Publisher: Melbourn Books

“Encouraging landholders to plant and manage trees for conservation and profit”

AVAILABLE for $50 per copy from Tamar NRM.

This beautiful hard cover book has 15 chapters focusing on different high-quality timber species that Rowan grows on his own farm. These include the local Australian Blackwood and Mountain Ash, low rainfall native timber species like Red Ironbark and Spotted Gum, sub-tropical natives such as Sydney Blue Gum, Silky Oak, River Sheoak and Australian Red Cedar, and exotics including Coast Redwood, English Oak and Poplar.

Rowan uses these species to explore the fundamentals of tree growing and timber production and includes references to more than 100 timber species that Australian farmers could grow. Rowan highlights how, in almost every case, trees grown for timber can also provide soil conservation, biodiversity, agricultural and aesthetic values.

In October, Tamar NRM sponsored Rowan to come back to present on his 30 years as a tree grower.

AND . . . . We have a limited number of copies of his new book signed by Rowan Reid.

Also available from Petrarch’s Bookshop in Launceston.

More Information from Rowan’s Facebook Page:

Community Weed Treatment Workshop – Lulworth

Want to know about how to idenify and control weeds in sensitive coastal environments? Then this is the workshop for you.

Learn about:
• Practical demonstrations
• Weeds of the Tamar Valley
• Using non-chemical and chemical methods to control weeds
• Hazards, risks and keeping yourself and the environment safe
• Procedures protocols and the law
• Alternative control methods
• Tamar NRM equipment loan scheme

Free event, BBQ lunch provided.

 Please RSVP for catering purposes. Phone 03 6323 3310 or Email [email protected]

Supported by funding from George Town Council.


Next Producers Field Days, Workshops & Survey

Next Field days and Workshops:

Growing the Growers Finding your niche, New opportunities for native produce – TAMAR VALLEY, Thurs and Friday 8-9 MARCH 2018

Pasture Demonstration Site Field Day – BLESSINGTON, Tuesday 20th MARCH 2018

Test your knowledge of pastures in our landholder survey

Tamar NRM is active in supporting initiatives to improve the profitability and the sustainability of farm enterprises in the Tamar Valley.

We are conducting a short survey to understand where the skills and knowledge of the region currently sits. We will repeat the survey in 3 years time.

As a producer you will be interested in improving pastures and the Meat and Livestock Australia Producer Demonstration Sites (MLA PDS) project as it progresses over a 3 year period.

Over the course of the MLA PDS project we invite you to attend field days, receive pasture improvement and management information that we develop as the project progresses and be involved by sharing your experience with a broader group of Tamar Farmers.

Knowledge and Skills Evaluation

There are two surveys a quick 15 minute 10 question online (SurveyMonkey) survey or a 17 question survey in a word document (about 20 minutes).

The survey remains open and we encourage others to complete it as it remains open until March 2018. Available online, via phone or post.

Click here for the Word Document Survey

(17 questions, complete and email back to [email protected])


Click on the following link for the online survey (10 Question).




The survey is used to determine your level of understanding of pastures and pasture management. This knowledge and skills audit will allow us to track skill development and adoption of new practices.

The information will be completely confidential and individuals will not be identified in the interpretation or dissemination of the data.

We can also post you the survey if you prefer. An opportunity to do the survey over the phone also exists, just call Gregon the number provided below:

Greg Lundstrom on 6323 3310, Mob 0438 642 112

You will find the link to future Field Days on “EVENTS” tab –

Serrated Tussock – Be on the Lookout


Serrated Tussock


We have it in the Tamar Valley, we just need to get rid of it!

Contact Tamar NRM 6323 3310 if you want further identification tips emailed or posted. But if you think you have it don’t transport it to get an ID. It’s better to ring DPIPWE 1300 368 550 or Tamar NRM 6323 3310 to have it identified in situ.

 Here is a great video clip

Video produced by Hillary Burden at Tamar NRM’s Serrated Tussock Workshop Hillwood, Thursday 30th November 2017.

Other useful websites:

Phone: 6323 3310 or 0438 642 112 or

Email: [email protected]


  1. Leaf bases of serrated tussock are more tightly packed and more slender than those of other tussocks and are never purple or blue-green, but a whitish colour.
  2. In summer when most other grasses have dried off to a straw-colour, the young serrated tussock plants still retain their bright green colour, except for the tips which are bleached.
  3. At the junction of leaf sheath and blade most grasses carry a small flap known as a ‘ligule’. In the case of serrated tussock this is white, papery, rounded at the tip and never hairy.
  4. The upward-pointing barbs on the leaf blade, which gives them their rough or serrated texture, are minute and almost invisible to the naked eye. If the leaves appear at all hairy, the plant is not serrated tussock.
  5. The seed head breaks off whole. The previous year’s seed heads do not generally remain on the plant.
  6. Flowering and seeding heads are a dark purple due to the colour of the two ‘glumes’ surrounding the seed.
  7. Seed of serrated tussock is unlike the seed of any of the other tussock grasses with which it is likely to be confused.
  8. For help in identifying serrated tussock, search the Dennis Morris Weeds and Endemic Flora Database for serrated tussock illustrations.

For more information view DPIPWE website:

or the Tamar Valley Weeds Strategy Website


Rowan Reid – “30 years as a Tree Grower” Talk & Dinner

What: “30 years as a Tree Grower” Talk & Dinner

When: Tuesday 10th October, 2017

Where: “The BBQ Room”, Newstead Hotel, Elphin Rd, Newstead, Tasmania.


Key Note Speaker:

Rowan Reid

Coordinator of the Australian Master TreeGrower Program, Rowan Reid has been working with Australian farmers for more than 30 years. He is a volunteer editor of the Australian Agroforestry magazine continues teaching Agroforestry at Melbourne University.

Since 1996, over 100 Master TreeGrower courses have been delivered around Australia involving more than 2000 landholders.

“For me, agroforestry is the integration of trees and shrubs into farming landscapes for conservation and profit. It’s all about farmers using trees to improve the environmental, social and economic values of their land.” Rowan Reid.

In August, Rowan published the book Heartwood – “The art and science of growing trees for conservation and profit”.

Pre-Dinner drinks: Drinks and nibbles from 6.00 pm

Dinner Served – 7:30 pm

(Buy your own off the extensive menu at Olives Restaurant)

RSVP by Wednesday 4th October.

Phone 6323 3310 or 0438 642 112

Email: [email protected]

There will be time allocated to hear from you the grower, about what tree activities you are contemplating or involved with.

Note: The Field Day at Lilydale/Hollybank and Sawmill tour is on the same day.

Trees on Farms Field Day Tues 10th Oct

3 stops and lunch provided.

When: Tuesday 10th October, 2017

Where: Meet at Mowbray and car pool

or meet at Lilydale Farm.

Led by lecturer on agroforestry at Melbourne University

Rowan Reid

Founder of the Master TreeGrowers Program and published author


Bookings and further information:

Email: [email protected]

Or phoning Greg Lundstrom on 6323 3310, Mob 0438 642 112

Note: Following the Field Day, Rowan Reid will be the key note speaker at the Newstead Hotel, presenting on “30 years as a Tree Grower”

Link to Poster and Field Day Program