Local Land Services to host 'Healthy Soils, Productive Pastures' workshops

Pasture perfect: Adam Little, Linda Hanlon and Peter Conasch check out the trial's progress. Picture: Supplied
Pasture perfect: Adam Little, Linda Hanlon and Peter Conasch check out the trial's progress. Picture: Supplied

Greater Sydney Local Land Services (LLS) is hosting a series of workshops - some of which will take place at its Demonstration Farm in Richmond - to help attendees conduct soil tests.

The workshops are part of the 'Healthy Soils, Productive Pastures' project, which was launched at the Richmond farm in 2019 and focusses on best practice pasture and soil management tailored to the Sydney basin landscape.

Project officer Linda Hanlon said much had happened at the farm since the launch event, and the workshops would showcase the progress.

"Having engaged an agronomist, prepped our paddocks, conducted initial soil tests and sowed our seeds, we now have two very flush looking paddocks of different trial pasture crops complete with a newly introduced herd of 10 sheep," she said.

"They will be moved on and off the crops on a rotational basis to take the reduced grazing pressures off the crop and encourage regeneration."

The demonstrations are designed to go back to basics and show the why, how, who, what and when of conducting soil tests, with the opportunity to have an expert interpret the results down the track.

Testing demonstration workshops will occur at the Richmond Demonstration Farm, as well as Camden Town Farm and Dooralong, from March 11 to 18. Contact Peter Conasch on 0427 741 956 for full details.