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Gang-gang Survey – November Muster Count
20 Nov 2014 (All day)
The Gang-gang holds special significance for the Canberra Ornithologist Group (COG) and the ACT. It is the logo of COG and of the ACT Parks and Conservation Service. Despite this, little is known about the ecology of the Gang-gang within the ACT region, about its abundance, movements or what affects movement patterns, about its food preferences or seasonal distribution, or the frequency or success of breeding events.
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Friends of Grasslands Conference
30 Oct 2014 - 9:00am
‘Grass half full or grass half empty? Valuing native grassy landscapes’
A forum organised by Friends of Grasslands (FOG) to celebrate grasslands and grassy woodlands — their beauty and complexity, ecology and productivity, science and management.
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Be on the lookout for Madagascan Fireweed
ACT Government Media Release dated 18/07/2014
Canberrans are urged to be on the lookout for infestations of the pest plant Madagascan Fireweed (Senecio madagascariensis) which have been detected in Forde, Franklin, Chisholm, Casey, Lyneham and Crace.
"Infestations of Madagascan Fireweed have been detected in recently laid couch turf in nature strips and other public and private land in the area. It is thought the weed was brought into the ACT as seeds in the imported couch turf," Stephen Hughes, Biosecurity Manager said.
"ACT Government weed management staff are undertaking a program to control the weed incursion as quickly as possible and remove the plants before it flowers and its seeds spread.
"Our weeds team will be conducting further surveys to determine the extent of the infestation and will also conduct letterbox drops and erect signage to inform local residents.
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Run Your Farm Up Field Day - 25 October 2014
25 Oct 2014 (All day)
Our annual 'Run Your Farm Up' field day and forum is on again at Candelo town hall on the Saturday 25th of October. This year the focus is on the production system.
Internationally recognised and in demand agronomist and animal health specialist Peter Norwood is our keynote speaker. Peter will be speaking on soil fertility, pasture productivity and quality, and the effects these have on animal health and performance. Peter will also be taking us through a pasture assessment in the paddock.
I will be speaking on the direct correlation between frame score and condition score, and how lower frame score cattle and sheep have an unfair advantage and large framed animals are genetically handicapped, so the smaller framed animals produce much higher profit per ha. I will also be speaking on interpreting soil tests and all attendees will be shown how to calculate where their soil is now, nutrient deficiencies and fertiliser requirements. Spreadsheet tables that I have developed which significantly reduce the time and work required will be supplied.
This field day is industry sponsored and is free.
Registration is essential for catering, register with email@example.com
For more details go to candelosalers.com and open whats on.
The pasture assessment will be looking at our oats trial sown into lovegrass. We will also have a look at our composting operation and large scale worm farm.
Living on the Edge EIANZ 2014 Conference 30/31 October 2014
30 Oct 2014 (All day)
The EIANZ 2014 Annual Conference is the Institute's signature event, and the key platform through which the Institute provides opportunities for professional and academic information exchange across the diverse environment profession. Through this event EIANZ seeks to build the capacity of environmental practitioners and lift standards in ethical and sustainable environmental management.
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