Fantastic work from the Downes family at Brownlow Hill! Soils For Life visited Brownlow Hill Estate several times during 2018, just as the widespread drought which affected New South Wales and Queensland tightened its grip. However their farm remained resilient, you can read their case study here: soilsforlife.org.au/the-brownlow-hill-story/NSW Farmers... See MoreSee Less
“When we inherited our little farm near Richmond in Tasmania four years ago, the soil was really dead. No earthworms, no organic matter, it was a biological desert." As Tasmanian novelist and regenerative farmer, Rachael Treasure discovered, changing from a conventional, high input grazing system to a low input regenerative system doesn’t happen instantly and things may have to get a bit worse before they get better.
Rachael and her partner Daniel have been regenerating their farm that they inherited four years ago; “We made the decision to rest the land for a year to see what indicator plants (‘weeds') returned. We chose to farm with zero synthetic fertiliser and pesticide inputs, and used high density mob grazing of sheep and cattle as a tool to cycle biomass back into the soil." Read more about their journey to regenerate pastures above and below ground: soilsforlife.org.au/regenerating-pastures-with-rachael-treasure/... See MoreSee Less
Changing from a conventional, high input grazing system to a low input regenerative system doesn’t happen instantly and things may have to get a bit worse before they get better, as Tasmanian noveli...
Tony and Meredith Thompson are one of the four core producers in the Rangelands Living Skin project Led by NSW Department of Primary Industries and funded by Meat & Livestock Australia. Their property The Angle is between Bourke and Louth on the Darling floodplain. Once overgrazed, the Thompson's are now bringing back perennial grasses and shrubs. Tony is excited to be a part of the Rangelands Living Skin project to look at different approaches which deliver better outcomes than traditional grazing practices. Across the farms, they have implemented smaller paddocks for better rest and recovery in the system. You can learn more about Tony's passion for perennials and soil health here: soilsforlife.org.au/rangelands-living-skin/... See MoreSee Less
When Alasdair MacLeod purchased Wilmot, the property's soils had become compacted under conventional farming practices of potato cropping and set stocking of cattle. Alongside Wilmot Cattle Co General Manager and 2019 Young Carbon Farmer of the year, Stuart Austin, they saw the potential of well managed grazing to improve the soil condition and create financial, productive and environmental gains. As well as a thriving grass-fed beef enterprise, Wilmot Cattle Co recently made international headlines following their ground breaking Microsoft carbon deal this year.
The increased resilience of the landscape has resulted in reliable and resilient production and revenue. As a consequence, Alasdair and Stuart have found great joy and security in restoring Wilmot’s spectacular landscape and are very optimistic about their farming futures. Find out more from their case study here: soilsforlife.org.au/wilmot/