Paddock Chat

The West Midlands Group

Local knowledge from a paddock near you. Paddock Chat is a West Midlands Group Original Podcast created fortnightly to keep local growers in the loop without having to leave the paddock. The West Midlands Group is a not-for-profit grower group located in Dandaragan, two hours northeast of Perth.

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In this episode, we caught up with Head of Succession Planning at Rabobank, Rosemary Bartle. In part two of our chat with Rosemary we cover:Decision making around active and inactive family membersStrategies to continue the process even when you don’t see eye to eyeWhere should succession planning take place? Is there a spot for success? And Rosemary’s top tips for succession planningGet in touchRosemary Bartle | E: Rosemary.Bartle@rabobank.comRabobank Succession Planning Team and brochureUseful ResourcesSuccession Planning Information SheetSuccession Planning Fact SheetA guide to succession: sustaining families and farmsSuccession Planning: the do's and don't'sSuccession planning protects family, farm and businessSupport the show (https://www.wmgroup.org.au/become-member)

Sep 14

22 min

In this episode, we caught up with Head of Succession Planning at Rabobank, Rosemary Bartle. We tackle the tricky topic of succession planning! In our conversation, Rosemary shares her tips on:How to get started and what to expectWho needs to be involved in the planningKeeping things fair and negotiating compromiseGet in touchRosemary Bartle | E: Rosemary.Bartle@rabobank.comRabobank Succession Planning Team and brochureUseful ResourcesSuccession Planning Information SheetSuccession Planning Fact SheetA guide to succession: sustaining families and farmsSuccession Planning: the do's and don't'sSuccession planning protects family, farm and businessSupport the show (https://www.wmgroup.org.au/become-member)

Aug 31

26 min

In this episode of Paddock Chat, West Midlands Group's executive officer Dr Nathan Craig caught up with Dr Hanabeth Luke to delve into the topic of RegenAg.Their conversation covers:What is Regen Ag really? How does it fit into and does it already exist in traditional farming systems? What the future holds for research in this rapidly developing field and the exciting new Regenerative Agriculture course delving into successful regenerative practices.Get in touchDr Hanabeth Luke | E: hanabeth.luke@scu.edu.auDr Nathan Craig | E: eo@wmgroup.org.auUseful ResourcesStudy a Bachelor of Science with a regenerative agriculture majorAbout the Soil Health SurveyYoutube: Soil CRC Project: Surveying farm practices - Dr Hanabeth LukeSupport the show (https://www.wmgroup.org.au/become-member)

Aug 17

26 min

In today's episode, we're talking weaning for best results. We caught up with Dr Danny Roberts (DPIRD veterinarian and researcher) to talk about:The benefits of weaning at 12 to 14 weeks after the start of lambingThings to consider before weaningPaddock and nutrition tips to get the best results for both ewe and lamb after weaningYou can get in touch with Dr Danny via email on danny.roberts@dpird.wa.gov.au or call his office on 9892 8535.Useful ResourcesFlock value grows from weaning well Sheep weaning best practiceSupport the show (https://www.wmgroup.org.au/become-member)

Aug 3

20 min

In this episode, we're talking weeds and pests with agronomist and farmer Courtney Piesse. We cover how the season is looking so far, our options for resistance management, the pests our crops could be vulnerable to in 2020, and the exciting new Agtech on the horizon for managing weeds. This conversation was recorded in early June 2020. Useful LinksGet in touch with Courtney on 0429377608 or email him at knoxy8865@gmail.com.Support the show (https://www.wmgroup.org.au/become-member)Feedback Survey via https://airtable.com/shr99hNSKZRIkH9B1Further ResourcesDiagnosing Diamondback MothFall armyworm in WAHerbicide options for annual legume pasturesComparison of pre-emergent herbicides for annual ryegrass control in wheatCan double break crop rotations be effective and profitable across the Wheatbelt?Support the show (https://www.wmgroup.org.au/become-member)

Jul 20

22 min

In this episode, we caught up with Dandaragan grower Duncan Glasfurd to delve into his experience with ameliorating soils, and late-season amelioration in particular. We cover why they choose to wait for rain when ameliorating, the preparation of a paddock prior to amelioration, how management changes following amelioration and all the things to consider before giving it a go that will save you time and money. This conversation was recorded on the 29th of June, 2020.USEFUL LINKS Follow Duncan on Twitter via @DuncanGlasfurdFollow Plozza Plows on Facebook at @PlozzaPlows  and on Twitter via @PlozzaPlowsFeedback Survey via https://airtable.com/shr99hNSKZRIkH9B1RESEARCH LINKSDeep Incorporation Of Lime Into Acidic SubsoilsAmelioration of water repellent sands – long term impacts One-Off Tillage Options For Water Repellent Gravel SoilsClay Spreading On Water Repellent Deep SandLime Incorporation Into Acidic Sandplain Soils In The West MidlandsDeveloping And Testing Innovative, Practical And Reliable Methods For Incorporating Lime Into Acidic Sandplain SubsoilsSupport the show (https://www.wmgroup.org.au/become-member)

Jul 6

22 min

In this episode, I caught up with Nutrition & Production Specialist Bronwen Fowler from Nutrien Ag Solutions to talk about mastitis in ewes. Following the dry summer, sheep producers should keep an eye out for this highly contagious and damaging disease in their flock. We caught up with Bronwen in mid-June 2020 to get her advice on preventing, recognising, managing and treating mastitis. USEFUL LINKS: DPIRD - Mastitis in sheepMastitis in Sheep - Disease ManagementUnderstanding mastitis in sheepPaddock Chat Podcast Feedback Form: https://airtable.com/shr99hNSKZRIkH9B1Get in touch with Bronwen via Bronwen.Fowler@Nutrien.com.au or call her on 0447678457Support the show (https://www.wmgroup.org.au/become-member)

Jun 21

23 min

This week's episode has literally come from a paddock near you! We caught up with Dandaragan farmer, Zac Roberts in a paddock full of perennials on Strathmore in Dandaragan to talk all things pasture improvement. Zac farms with his father Wade and brother Jeremy on approximately 10,000 hectares spread across four properties within the Dandaragan Shire. The Roberts family run a mixed enterprise made up of 30% cropping and 70% livestock, and have been experimenting with pasture improvement for roughly 15 years, with much success! Recorded on the 4th of June 2020, this conversation covers Zac's experience improving pastures with perennials and annuals.  USEFUL LINKSWest Midlands Group 2019 Pasture Trial Results: https://www.wmgroup.org.au/wmg-pasture-trial-2019-1, https://www.wmgroup.org.au/wmg-pasture-trial-2019-2Pasture experts as recommended by Zac were; Phil Barret-Leonard - https://agvivo.com.au/our-team/, follow Phil on Twitter @pbl1972; Angelo Loi - https://www.agric.wa.gov.au/angelo-loi; Grant Bain - https://evergreen.asn.au/committee/; and you can follow Clayton South on Twitter @CJSouth6. You can also follow Zac on Twitter @zacroberts80Support the show (https://www.wmgroup.org.au/become-member)

Jun 8

31 min

In this episode, we chat with Summit Fertilizers Area Manager and Marchagee farmer, Juliet McDonald about what's keeping her busy in the paddock right now, how to spot the missing links to improve your crop performance, what she thinks we can expect from the 2020 season and plenty more. This conversation was recorded on the 15th of May 2020 when we were still waiting on the break of the season. USEFUL LINKS: Summit Fertilizers Area Managers - https://www.summitfertz.com.au/area-managers.htmlSummit's N Gauge Strips - https://www.summitfertz.com.au/services/fuel-gauges.htmlContact the West Midlands Group - https://wmgroup.org.au/contact-usSupport the show (https://www.wmgroup.org.au/become-member)

May 22

28 min

This is the first ever episode of Paddock Chat, the West Midlands Group podcast that takes a closer look at what is happening in a paddock near you. In this episode, our host Kirra Holley caught up with Chris O’Callaghan and Jim Miller to chat about how the Midlands Biosecurity Group is tackling wild dogs in our region. Our conversation was recorded in mid-April and due to restrictions in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19, this interview was recorded via Zoom so the audio quality isn’t amazing. We do talk about the extermination of feral pests so if you don’t want to hear about the nitty gritty of animal control, maybe skip this one. USEFUL LINKS: Visit www.mbg.org.au for more information about pest control in the Midlands region. You can contact the West Midlands Group via www.wmgroup.org.au or email us on comms@wmgroup.org.au. Support the show (https://www.wmgroup.org.au/become-member)

May 6

31 min

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