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PERENNIAL PASTURE SYSTEMS

The Perennial Pasture Systems (PPS) group was formed in mid 2007 and has had 159 farm businesses across Central Victoria and the Southern Wimmera join the group since its formation. PPS members are heavily involved in prime lamb & mutton production. PPS also has 30 members involved in agribusiness and agronomic services.

The aim of the group is to push the boundaries of perennial pasture research in our area and provide information on productive pasture management to members.

MEMBERSHIP

 

Membership of Perennial Pasture Systems is $66

($60 + GST)

per farm business annually.

CASE STUDY

 

The Perennial Pasture Systems (PPS) group was formed in mid 2007.  Read about our group involvement and the growth of PPS.

 

NEWSLETTER

Keep up to date with Perennial Pasture Systems most recent projects and information.

 

PPS research sites video:

In 2015 PPS produced two videos with funding assistance from the Wimmera CMA & the National Landcare Programme. WATCH HERE

PPS history video:

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The Perennial Pasture Systems (PPS) group was formed in mid 2007 and has had 159 farm businesses across Central Victoria and the Southern Wimmera join the group since its formation. PPS members are heavily involved in prime lamb & mutton production. PPS also has 30 members involved in agribusiness and agronomic services.

The aim of the group is to push the boundaries of perennial pasture research in our area and provide information on productive pasture management to members.


 

PPS research and demonstration projects.

 

In autumn 2009, PPS established three long term paddock demonstration sites. The focus is to test the performance of novel varieties against a proven long term producer. 
The group also has an Evergraze Supporting Site near Ararat focusing on lucerne in one paddock, and phalaris direct drilled into a degraded pasture in another. 


A second PPS Evergraze Supporting Site was established in 2010 at Tottington near St Arnaud, which will trial pasture establishment methods in the drier north central area of Victoria.  A sub soil amelioration trial funded by the A. W. Howard trust was commenced in 2011.  PPS established a series of plant variety trials in 2012 funded by the Woolworths Fresh Food Future grants and Landcare Australia. 

Since 2012 PPS has also establised a variable lime application trial and implemented a Cocksfoot comparison monitoring project, as well as a long term pasture analysis which commenced at Greenfields, Glenlofty, with a long term economic and physical analysis to be undertaken.

 

During 2014, PPS commencement of pasture persistence project as part of MLA participatory research and established a joint pasture variety trial with Paradise Soil Health Group at Tottington. In 2016 PPS commenced a Gibberellic Acid demonstration project as part of the MLA EPDS program and in 2017, a high production annual forage project started which is looking at the use of annual grasses and grazing cereals in perennial grazing systems. The annuals project is part of the MLA PDS program.

 

PPS Extension activities

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  • Quarterly newsletter.

  • Pasture workshops

  • Paddock walks & field days conducted at various times during the year.

  • A winter study tour to inspect leading farms in other areas.

  • An annual conference in September includes a seminar, farm tour followed by an annual dinner.

  • PPS Girls’&’Grass Group formed in 2016 for training, social and on farm activities.

 

 

 
 
Perennial Pasture Systems Management Committee
2017-19

 

President 
Duncan Thomas, Ararat

Vice President 
Matt Kindred, Stawell

Secretary 
Wayne Burton, Mt Dryden

Treasurer 

Hayden Price, Crowlands

Committee: 

  • Craig Altmann, Horsham

  • Simon Brady, Jallukar

  • Ben Greene, Elmhurst

  • Michael Greene, Elmhurst

  • Ken Hall, Joel Joel

  • Mat Hall, Joel South

  • Mal Nicholson, Concongella