Central West Farming Systems – Win dinner for 2

Author: Centroc User
Date: May 6, 2011
Category: Archives, Farming & Agriculture, Industry & Business

What has 400 farmers, covers 14 million hectares and is based in Condobolin?

The answer is Central West Farming Systems (CWFS), the organisation in the very serious business of working with the regions farmers for future sustainability.

An independent, not-for-profit, farmer driven research organisation, Central West Farming Systems focuses on research in sustainable farming systems of livestock and cropping enterprises, water use efficiency of farming systems and ability to manage climate change within the central west NSW region.

The 14 million hectares they cover is in the lower rainfall, mixed farming areas of Central West NSW (350-500mm rainfall).   The group was formed in 1998 and now has over 400 members made up primarily of farmers but also private and public sector advisers, researchers and agribusiness.

Whilst Central West Farming Systems is based centrally at Condobolin it also operates 11 regional sites within a 250km radius.

It is a cooperative research relationship that enables farmers in the region to play an active part in determining the direction of agricultural research initiatives.

The principal aim of CWFS is: ‘To develop integrated whole farm management systems and other research outcomes for farming communities of Central Western NSW that maximise profitability and are ecologically sustainable’.

Farming system comparisons:

Local farmers set the research agenda to address district-specific issues such as fertiliser rates, cereal and pulse varieties, systems comparisons and cropping rotations. The systems comparison trial is based at Condobolin ARAS. This trial compares the management, profitability and sustainability of four different farming systems:

  • no till, no livestock;
  • reduced till, with livestock;
  • traditional (wheat and sheep);
  • perennial pasture

CWFS also conducts a crop-monitoring program for members, analysing data that shows crop trends and production and informs farmers of research results through seminars and publication of an annual research compendium.

One such project has been the GRDC funded Low Rainfall Collaboration Project (LRCP), with the aim to better share knowledge and ideas between low rainfall farming systems groups in south-eastern Australia.  The other groups are Eyre Peninsula Farming Systems, Mallee Sustainable Farming, Birchip Cropping Group and Upper North SA.

CWFS is run by an Executive of 13 members with input from major project partners and agribusiness.

Like to win a dinner for two at the famous Lolli Redini restaurant?

CWFS’s is currently seeking farmers to complete the CENTROC Carbon + Survey. Carbon + has been funded by the Federal Government Strengthening Basin Communities program. Go to www.cwfs.org.au to complete the brief survey. Then let us know here that you’ve completed the survey and we’ll put you in the draw.

One Response to “Central West Farming Systems – Win dinner for 2”

  1. "What a great idea! I know a farmer out that way and will pass this story onto him. Thanks for making this known to everyone."

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