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Small Farms Big Changes - Eli on farm cropped Tweed Shire Council has been awarded a grant from the NSW Environmental Trust to conduct a series of farm field days and workshops over the 2019-2020 period.

To help design the most relevant and productive workshop series possible, Tweed Shire Council engaged Southern Cross University to determine the educational needs of Tweed’s farmers, their preferred methods of engagement and to seek ideas on the best strategies to address environmental challenges on our local farms.

For more information about the project contact:

Eli Szandala
Program Leader, Sustainable Agriculture
Tweed Shire Council
e: eszandala@tweed.nsw.gov.au
p: (02) 6670 2599

If you would like to join our contact list and receive up-to-date email notifications about the project, upcoming field days and other activities conducted by Council’s Sustainable Agriculture Program just email the word ‘subscribe’ and your relevant land uses e.g. beef cattle and bananas to agriculture@tweed.nsw.gov.au.

Upcoming workshops

Pasture and cattle management in the dry

*Please note this field day is specifically for commercial graziers in the Tweed Local Government Area as places are limited*

When: 4 December 2019 9am - 2:00pm
Where: Crystal Creek cattle farm

2019 is set to be one of the driest on record in the Tweed with most areas receiving 800mm – 1000mm below the long-term average. A range of strategies and decision-support tools are available to assist graziers build more resilient soils and pastures to withstand extreme weather events.

These options will be explored with NSW Department of Primary Industries – Education Officer, Carol Rose and North Coast Local Land Services – Senior Land Services Officer, Nathan Jennings.

This field day will cover:
  • Common pasture species and what they tell you about land management and soil health;
  • Withstanding weather extremes with good pasture management;
  • The role of soil carbon for healthy grazing systems;
  • Calculating feed budgets and stocking rates; and
  • Strategies for dealing with feed deficits.
Please register for the workshop – bookings essential.

Recent workshops

Worst Weeds of the Tweed




This workshop presented the best practice management options for a number of common pasture and environmental weeds in the Tweed, including Giant Parramatta Grass, Giant Devil’s Fig and more. We focused on prevention strategies and non-chemical control methods.

The day was facilitated by the following experts:


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