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Agricultural consultant and columnist Robert Freebairn coming to Gloucester

Agricultural consultant and columnist Robert Freebairn OAM is bringing his expertise to Gloucester. Photo The Land
Agricultural consultant and columnist Robert Freebairn OAM is bringing his expertise to Gloucester. Photo The Land

Agricultural consultant and columnist Robert (Bob) Freebairn OAM is bringing his pasture improvement and sustainability knowledge to the producers of Gloucester.

Bob, known for his many years as a columnist for The Land, will be running a field day on a Bowman Farm property on Wednesday, November 13 for anyone interested.

In particular, the field day will focus on the establishment of tropical grass species and what they may be able to offer Gloucester district landholders in regards to pasture establishment in ever increasing hotter grazing systems.

The some of the topics to be discussed are: why tropical grasses and how it might improve productivity in your environment, the role of fodder crops and their management, grazing management and profitability issues.

Bob has been involved in the introduction of tropical grasses into temperate grazing systems for several years.

He's been writing agricultural based articles for The Land, and other publications for over 30 years.

In 2003, he was acknowledged for his service as an agronomist and researcher, particularly in the areas of pasture improvement and agricultural sustainability with the awarding of a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) on the Queen's Birthday.

The field day will commence 10am sharp and run until 12.30pm at Jamie and Tessa Searle's property, 'Achmore', 783 Bowman Farm Road. Please bring your own chair.

Gloucester Rural Supplies will be providing a light lunch at the conclusion of event, so numbers are required for catering purposes.

Please RSVP on 6558 1500.