Agricultural field days

The department hosts several agricultural field days throughout the year. The field days generally take place at one of the department’s seven research farms, forming a key part of the department’s extension program.

The purpose of field days is to:

  • demonstrate the latest department research
  • discuss the challenges impacting producers and growers
  • showcase technology and innovation, and
  • support knowledge sharing between government, industry and producers.

Extension encourages the uptake of research and technology on farms to improve outcomes for Northern Territory agricultural producers.

Field days reinforce the department’s support on the ground to deliver greater ‘on farm’ impact of research work.

The department invites interested pastoralists, growers, business owners, industry organisations and research bodies to attend agricultural field days.


Old Man Plains Field Day

The department is hosting Beyond the dry times, an agricultural field day for Central Australian farmers at Old Man Plains Research Station.

Key topics of the day include:

  • Herd management and informed decision making
  • Forecasting? What does that really mean?
  • How to get consistent beef production with season variability
  • What’s happening on OMP in these dry times
  • There’s more to soil than a mud pie
  • Results of the calf-loss project
  • An update on the Wild Dog Project
  • Animal welfare in the changing world

Speakers include:

  • Ian McLean - Bush AgriBusiness, Agribusiness specialist
  • Chris Materne - Pastoral Production Officer, Alice Springs
  • Alison Kain - Climate Mate, Northern Australian Climate Program
  • Will Dobbie - Research Officer, Wild Dog Study
  • Chris Nott - Alcoota Station, President, NT Cattlemen’s Association


Date: Thursday 26 September 2019

Time: 8:30am – 4:00pm

Location: Old Man Plains Research Station, South Stuart Highway (approximately 20 kilometres south of Alice Springs). The sessions will take place in the Mulga Shed – look for the banner on the road.


Please register your attendance by Thursday 19 September. Contact Meg Humphrys, Pastoral Extension Officer.

Phone: 0427 373 011

Last updated: 01 March 2019

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