The Tamar Pasture Improvement Demonstration Project Survey
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:
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:
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.
(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 – http://www.tamarnrm.com.au/
ONE OF OUR WORST WEEDS.
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.
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]
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The seed head breaks off whole. The previous year’s seed heads do not generally remain on the plant.
- Flowering and seeding heads are a dark purple due to the colour of the two ‘glumes’ surrounding the seed.
- Seed of serrated tussock is unlike the seed of any of the other tussock grasses with which it is likely to be confused.
- 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
Tamar NRM’s ‘Naturally Yours’ Spring newsletter is out now. This bumper issue has information on sustainable energy, weeds, ember proofing around your house and Tamar NRM events and projects.
Download your copy now
Spring 2017 Edition Sml (1.9MB)
(poorer image resolution)
Spring 2017 Edition Lrg (5.7MB)
(recommended as a higher image resolution)
If you would like a printed version please contact us on [email protected] or 03 6323 3310
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:
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.
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
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”
That pretty daisy like flower starting to bloom in your or your neighbours garden may in fact be the noxious weed Boneseed. If you have it in your garden please remove it as the birds will spread the seed elsewhere.
Boneseed is an invasive weed of national significance. It invades natural areas and out competes native plants. It can be found in disturbed bushland, housing development blocks and in coastal vegetation. It can invade the understorey of bushland and competes with native plants and reduces biodiversity. Dense infestations can be a significant fire hazard.
Help us control Boneseed in the Tamar Valley.
- Remove Boneseed from your property
- Organise an activity with your community group over September-October
- Let Tamar NRM know and we will include in the Calendar of Activities
- Attend the Tamar NRM Boneseed Blitz Days (TBA).
Tamar NRM can assist community groups with their efforts in targeting this weed. We can:
- Promote your Boneseed Blitz working bee day
- Supply weed treatment information
- Supply “Dabbers” for cut & paste treatment
- Help with identification.
Tamar NRM – Phone 6323 3310
Further information available from Tamar Valley Weeds Strategy and DPIPWE website.