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Positive forecast

By Country News

Australian farmers might be enduring the worst drought in history, but the Grassland Society of Southern Australia’s annual conference in Creswick will hear forecasts of a silver lining on the horizon.

Independent meat and livestock analyst Simon Quilty will tell the conference next week that beef prices are likely to hit record levels about two years after the drought breaks.

And he predicts southern Australia will emerge from drought this winter and northern Australia will have an extraordinary wet season starting later this year.

This spells good news for Australian producers on the top of the global ramifications of African swine fever driving up demand for Australian beef.

During the conference, speakers and researchers will provide an in-depth look at grassland soils and subsoils; constraints that are often overlooked; and how to plan pastures that are a resilient match for ever-increasing climate variability.

There will also be a panel discussion on managing risk in a changing climate and the program includes trade displays and a bus tour to visit a local property.

The Grassland Society of Southern Australia’s 60th anniversary conference will be held on July 17 and 18 at the RACV Goldfields Resort in Creswick with the theme ‘Thriving Pastures’.

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