Central West Farming Systems (CWFS) is an independent, not-for-profit, farmer driven organisation.

Our area covers 14 million hectares in the lower rainfall (350-500mm annually), mixed farming regions of Central West NSW. CWFS formed in 1998 and now boasts over 300 members – made up primarily of farmers as well as private and public sector advisers, researchers and stakeholders.

Membership

Access our Research Compendiums; fact sheets, newsletters and Member Information Services; enjoy free or discounted entry to events; and member-only content on this site.

Trials and Projects

CWFS performs research driven trials, workshops, field days and extensions through a range of activities and partnerships to benefit growers, industry and our regional communities.

Resources

Listen to agricultural podcasts, explore our library of CWFS video resources and find other helpful and authoritative information and publications in our resources section. 

Biserrula flowering CWFS trial site

Alternative pasture legumes in NSW Central West – 2021 Report

PDS project code: L.PDS.2102

Very little demonstration of new feedbase options has occurred throughout the CWFS region of recent years with most efforts being devoted to annual cropping options, mainly dual-purpose cereals and canola. There is a small minority of farmers who have tried some of the alternatives, and a few have revisited the sub clover / medic scene that proved so successful for many years. While there is significant capacity for self-regenerating hard-seeded legumes in the CW of NSW, they are yet to be widely adopted.

This is also true within our CWFS ‘footprint’ where producers have not extensively used these hard-seeded legumes although there is much interest from our members around this topic, particularly in regard to drought tolerance. This interest has been the impetus for this project which will showcase and demonstrate the most profitable and successful pastures in the low rainfall zone of central western NSW.

POSTPONED TO FEB 2022 – CWFS 2021 End of Year Catch up

CWFS End of Year Catch up with Sam Kekovich is postponed to February 2022 due to delayed harvest activities. Stay tuned for the new date announced next year.

Further information contact:

Diana Fear 0427 897 530

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Southern NSW Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub

Connected and Adaptable People and Places

In a major step forward the Southern NSW Drought Resilience and Innovation Hub Board met in early November to set strategy and approve the Hub’s 3-year operational plan.

Meeting face to face for the first time, at Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, the Southern NSW Innovation Hub’s Board considered the Operational Plan that had been developed over the last four months in consultation with Hub Partners and stakeholders.

Barry Irvin AM (Executive Chairman of Bega Cheese) is the independent chair of the Hub Board and contributes not only extensive business and industry expertise, but also an ethos of bringing individuals and communities together to build a shared future.

“Our Operational Plan is designed to build capacity in adoption and commercialisation within SNSW so that our farmers and communities continue to have access to the skills and resources they need to adapt for the future,” Mr Irvin said.

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