Agronomist Peter Norwood will speak at Rafters on Thursday

SOIL EXPERT: Agronomist Peter Norwood will speak in Guyra on Thursday. Photo: Supplied
SOIL EXPERT: Agronomist Peter Norwood will speak in Guyra on Thursday. Photo: Supplied

Landholders and community members in Guyra will have the opportunity this week to hear from a renowned speaker who links the health of the soil to the health of plants, animals and ultimately humans.

Peter Norwood is an agronomist, animal nutritionalist, and human nutrition consultant specialising in nutritional balancing. He is based in Victoria, and will be at Rafters Restaurant on Thursday as a guest of the Harnham Landcare Group and Southern New England Landcare.


In recognition of the difficult drought, Mr Norwood’s speech will be free. Morning lunch and tea are provided.

Participants must register for catering purposes by 3pm Wednesday May 16 for the Guyra event.

“We are very much looking forward to hosting Peter,” Harnham Landcare Group member Karen Zirkler said. “He attracted a large crowd last time he was in the region, and we want to enable more members and friends to take advantage of his broad knowledge.”

“As his business name, Full Circle Nutrition, suggests, Peter starts with getting on-farm soil nutrition right, so that pasture or crop nutrition is right,” she said. “This facilitates good nutrition in grazing animals, and potentially leads to better human nutrition.”

Guyra landholder Derek Smith hosted Peter last time he was in the region, and has been integral in getting Peter up to speak for a second time.

“I came across Peter when he was the only Australian speaker at an ACRES USA conference I attended in Omaha, Nebraska,” Mr Smith said.

“Producers who attend Peter’s talks leave with a far greater understanding of how and why they need to keep their soil in good health.

“Peter has a wealth of knowledge on animal issues, such as worms, external parasites, pink eye, worts and many other diseases. These issues can become more apparent in very dry times, such as we are experiencing at present.

“This time Peter will focus on Barber’s Pole Worm, water quality for stock, and of course touch on human health as well.”

Mr Norwood will be at Rafters Restaurant, 87 Malpas St, from 9am to 4pm on Thursday May 17. Book online at Enquiries to 02 6772 9123 or

This project is supported by NENW Landcare Network Chairs Inc. and Northern Tablelands Local Land Services, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.