Regenerative agriculture in practice

FARMING IN A VARIABLE climate

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This exciting new project focuses on Regenerative Grazing Management - this is a structured way of using animals to regenerate pasture, improve soil health and soil carbon storage of soils and improve grazing profitability. This process builds organic material and carbon which in turn supports better nutrient cycling & improved water holding capacity.

The fundamental principle behind this management technique is to use livestock to improve the long-term health and resilience of pastures. Regenerative grazing has the potential to not only significantly reduce costs for the farmer, but also improve the land’s resilience to increasing climate variability.

The Project:

Component 1: A 1 day workshop & field walk on“Regenerative Grazing to Increase Soil Health and Profitability”

Facilitated by regen grazing management expert Graeme Hand, the workshop will take a warts & all look at:

  • animal health and performance,

  • pasture pests and weeds,

  • reducing fertiliser requirements,

  • improving water infiltration,

  • eliminating erosion,

  • regenerating perennial grasses and

  • boosting soil biology

Practice areas will be set up to gauge perennial grass recovery period and stock density that regenerates perennial grass pastures on your farm.

Component 2: On-ground Regenerative Grazing Resource Pack

This includes mobile fencing and/or mobile watering points up to the value of $2000 per pack.

Component 3: Individual Farm Consults

with regenerative grazing management expert Graeme Hand (1 per participant) to develop a tailored regenerative grazing management plan for their farm.

Other Project Components:

- 2 on-farm Regenerative Grazing Demonstration Sites will be established with Field Days to assist extension.

- To increase the reach and the longevity of the information disseminated in the workshop and field days, a comprehensive information hub as a ‘go to’ resource for landholders in the region will be developed. This Regen Ag Resource Toolbox will be housed on this website. The tool box will include as a minimum:

  • 4 x Lower Blackwood Regen Farming Farmer profiles

  • 4 x Lower Blackwood Regen Farming Case Studies

  • A Lower Blackwood Guide to Regen Grazing

  • A Lower Blackwood Guide to Pasture Biodiversity

  • A Lower Blackwood Guide to Healthy Soils

  • A Monthly Regen Ag e-update

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who is Graeme Hand?

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Graeme Hand farms beef cattle in Tasmania and NSW and is the CEO of Stipa Native Grasses Association. He also runs his own consultancy business and has delivered workshops across Australia & internationally to cropping and grazing farmers on farm financial health checks, planned grazing and forage & cover cropping.

Graeme has worked as an industrial chemist, international marketer, meat industry consultant as well as farm consultant to many family and corporate farmers.  He is based in the Huon Valley in southern Tasmania, and has a special interest in working with family farms helping to create profitable, sustainable farm businesses which are enjoyable to work in.

Graeme trains throughout Australia on regenerating grasslands using planned grazing management. He has also carried out bushfire and drought extension for Victorian DPI, provided Holistic Management® training for CMA’s and universities, consulted for the meat industry on eating quality and marketing as well as currently managing STIPA Native Grass Association Inc.

Key PROJECT DATES

  • Thursday September 25th: Participant Project Applications Open

  • Friday October 25th: Participant Project Applications Close (Note: If places fill you may be placed on a waitlist)

  • October 2019 to February 2020: Area fenced off for grazing practice.

  • Monday February 10th: 1 day workshop & field walk on“Regenerative Grazing to Increase Soil Health and Profitability”

  • Tuesday February 11th to Friday February 14th: Individual participant farm consultations

  • October 2020: Project Completion.

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This project has been enabled through the Augusta Margaret River Environmental Management Fund.

Interested in Participating?

To be eligible to participate in this project the following criteria must be met:

  • Must be a current landholder or land manager residing in the Lower Blackwood LCDC catchment and grazing cattle or sheep.

  • Must be willing to participate in all components of the project including a post project case study conducted by the LBLCDC.

  • Must be willing to set aside (fenced & no stock) a small area of land on their property from October 2019 to February 2020 as a practice area for grazing management. See details for area size here

  • Must pay a program participation fee of $300 + GST.

Please note there are only 10 places available for the full program

or contact Joanna Wren, Executive Officer E: joanna.wren@lowerblackwood.com.au | T: 08 9758 4021 | M: 0408 584 006