Shire of Goomalling

Events and opportunities for farmers

Published: Friday, 8 July 2016 at 12:00:00 AM

Lamb Survival & Post-Mortem Workshop 
  11 July & 25 July, Muresk

These half-day workshops are for anyone interested in understanding more about the causes of lamb deaths and how to maximise lamb survival. With:

  •  Ken Hart (AgInnovate Narrogin) – Managing ewes to maximise lamb survival
  •  Autopsies – Develop hands on experience in identifying how individual lambs died

When & Where?

  • Monday 11 and 25 July 2016, Muresk Institute, Northam.
  • 1pm – 5pm, arrive at 12.30pm for registrations tea & coffee


  • $40 per head ($20 for students), including afternoon tea  
  • Cost is covered for DAFWA Lamb Survival Initiative participants through the program.

RSVP: Call or email Ken Hart on 0458 812 160 / by Friday 8 July for 11 July workshop or by 22 July for 25 July workshop. [View flyer]

Please bring along 1-2 fresh dead lambs to post-mortem if you have any (ensure they are in a leak-proof bag or bucket). A sharp knife if you have one.

Making more from sheep 
  26 July, Merredin

  • Find out what’s involved in establishing perennials shrubs and grasses
  • Work through how to align your sheep production targets with feed supply
  • Create a personalised implementation and trial plan for a patch on your own farm
  • Discuss management options to make sure you get the profit

26 July – Merredin Leisure Centre, Bates St. [View flyer]

Contact: Jo Wheeler, Wheatbelt NRM, ph: 9670 3100, e:

RSVP online:

GRDC's Regional Cropping Solutions Network (RCSN) Open Meeting 
  10 August, Northam

  • Hear from Garren Knell (ConsultAg) on the RCSN trial, “Best Practice Management of Spot Type Net Blotch in barley and interactions with stubble management and head loss in the Medium Rainfall Zones of Western Australia”
  • Hear about other RCSN projects that have been put on the ground in the Kwinana West port zone
  • Chat with your GRDC Western Panel and RCSN representatives
  • Give us your input about issues that are impacting on your profitability

Wednesday 10 August 2016 from 9am, Northam DAFWA Office. [View flyer]
RSVP’s essential or phone Julianne Hill 0447 261 607

WANTFA Nutrition - Compaction - Rotations Workshop 
  12 August, Goomalling

Carbon farming for profitability and soil health, with presentations from:

  • Chris Gazey (DAFWA)
    Managing soil acidity for extra production
  • Trevor Syme (Grower, WANTFA)
    A ‘How to Guide’ for setting up CTF
  • Dan Dempster (Grower)
    Mapping Water-Holding Capacity using EM and Radiometric Surveying — VRT trial funded by Wheatbelt NRM
  • Matt McNee (WANTFA)
    Summer cropping for soil fertility
  • Phil Ward (CSIRO)
    Growing pastures for soil carbon
  • Nikki Dumbrell (UWA)
    The economics of carbon farming

Friday 12 August 2016 • 1 pm–6 pm
Goomalling Tennis Club, Cnr Quinlan and Hoddy St
This is a free event; light refreshments are provided.

RSVP to Jo Wheeler (Wheatbelt NRM), 9670 3100,

WANTFA Deep Ripping Machinery Demonstration Day
  30 August, Bolgart

For more info and reservations, contact Graeme Currie, 0427 223 395,

Grower Group Alliance (GGA) Annual Forum 
  18-19 August 2016, Scarborough

The 2016 GGA Annual Forum is a not to be missed event! Join us for an exciting program with guest speakers and grower groups presenting on a huge range of topics, specifically focused on creating value through collaboration for success. 

This year’s Annual Forum sees a few changes from recent years such as the new venue, and the introduction of a new format in which tickets are openly available to all those wishing to attend at a cost of $150 per ticket (FREE for GGA grower group members - three tickets per group for staff, committee or grower members).

Also new to the 2016 Annual Forum is the presentation of the inaugural Grower Group Excellence Award. This award will be presented to a Grower Group that has made a significant contribution to the industry and is excelling in achieving their group vision.

The Annual Forum will kick off on Thursday 18 August with a half-day grower group member only workshop to discuss the future strategic direction of the GGA. The full day program will take place on Friday 19 August, concluding with the CBH Group Sundowner. To see the full program click here.

Guest speakers featuring at the Forum will include:

  • Alexandra Gartmann - CEO & Managing Director, Rural Bank
  • Peter Cooke - Director, AgKnowledge
  • Keith Anthonisz - Director New Initiatives, Department of Regional Development
  • Nigel Herring - CEO, AMPS Agribusiness Group (NSW)

As well as breakout and plenary sessions covering topics such as:

  • Funding opportunities and challenges
  • Understanding and measuring impact
  • Collaboration for successful R&D - how to work effectively with partners
  • Extension tools and tricks to effectively engage and influence change 

For more information visit the GGA website, or contact the office, T: 6180 5759, E:

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