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.


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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.


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

Sam Kekovich in Condobolin

On Wednesday, 30 March Central West Farming Systems hosted a Community Evening at the Condobolin Sports Club where locals had the chance to meet Australian media personality, sports commentator and Australian ‘Lambassador”, Sam Kekovich. An event that had many date changes due to COVID -19 was able to happen at last. Sam was very excited to visit Condobolin and appreciated the ‘grounded’ people making up rural communities. The evening certainly packed a punch with plenty of engagement from the crowd and lots of laughs and social commentary from both Sam and the audience.
Sam is notable for his flamboyant style and ‘rants’ on the ABC show ‘The Fat’ along with the annual advertising campaign for Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) in the lead-up to Australia Day encouraging people to eat more Australian lamb. Taking us back to the beginning, Sam talked about how this successful campaign has led to a huge increase in lamb consumption.
With Sam’s long support of the lamb industry, this was a great opportunity for CWFS to provide information on our current MLA PDS project ‘Alternative pasture legumes in NSW Central West’ as well as other projects undertaken by CWFS including: the Southern NSW Innovation Hub; the UNE node of the SQNNSW Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub; FRRR ‘Tapping a Natural Resource’; GRDC and Soil CRC projects.
There is no hiding Sam’s love and pride for this great country we live in and he wishes to salute the resident of Condobolin for all their hard work and continuing efforts to support each other through challenging times such as drought and COVID-19.
It was a great evening out to catch up with new and old friends, thank you to all who attended and CWFS look forward to hosting many more events this year.

If you would like any further information on any of CWFS’ projects, please contact
Diana Fear on 0427 897 530.

Image credits Kathy Parnaby and courtesy of the Condobolin Argus.

Alternative pasture legumes in NSW Central West – 2021 Webinar

PDS project code: L.PDS.2102

The CWFS MLA Producer Demonstration Site (PDS) ‘Alternative pasture legumes in NSW Central West’ is in its first year. It aims to increase knowledge and adoption of alternative annual forage legume options available to livestock producers in the low rainfall zone (LRZ) of Central West NSW that have not traditionally been used. The project will showcase how they can be easily integrated into existing mixed farming operations.

View the findings of the project over 2021 and hear insights and experiences from PDS producer, Paul Sinderberry.


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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