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Site Manager for the Grafton Primary Industries Institute (GPII) David Bennett with five-year-old border collie Comet, who will be performing during a working dog demonstration during the open day on August 12. Image: contributed

Open Day celebrates 120 years

As it commemorates and celebrates more than 120 years of agricultural research, the Grafton Primary Industries Institute (GPII) will open to the public later this month, allowing Clarence Valley residents to glimpse an insight into the incredible work and contributions made by the local facility.

Visitors will have the opportunity to delve into cutting-edge research, participate in farm tours and talks, engage with industry experts, and immense themselves in the rich history of the station while soaking up the breathtaking views of the Clarence Valley.

GPII Director Dr Tom Granleese revealed staff are excited to host the upcoming event next weekend, adding they are eager to connect with the community and showcase their work, while highlighting the positive influence the Clarence Valley has on research within the primary industries sector.

“The station has made significant advances in beef cattle production, silver perch aquaculture, crop improvement for coastal farming systems like soybean, barley, triticale, and terrestrial and aquatic weed biocontrol,” he said.

“Whether you work in the primary industries sector or have always been curious about agriculture, everyone is encouraged to come along and enjoy the day.

“There’s definitely something for everyone.

“The Fisheries Research tour, for example, will help visitors gain insights into the fascinating world of aquatic research at our facilities.

“Alternatively, visitors can explore the weed biocontrol your and learn about the crucial efforts in weed control and management.”

While both tours are free, visitors are required to register online at

There will also be a special whip cracking performance and working dog demonstration.

“It’s a real treat to see these guys in action, so make sure you’re down at the Show Barn early to get a good spot,” Dr Granleese said.

Food and drinks will also be available for purchase from food stalls.

Gates open at 10am.

A cultural ceremony and official opening will kickstart proceedings.

The Grafton Primary Industries Institute is located at 16 Experiment Farm Road, Trenayr, and will be open on August 12 between 10am and 2pm.

Entry is free.

For further information, please contact 6640 1600, or visit