'Rangelands Living Skin’ is a new project led by NSW Department of Primary Industries and funded by Meat & Livestock Australia, recognising the importance of productivity and resilience in our rangelands. A collaboration between producers, researchers, educators and industry, the project will create an evidence base to support local agriculture. .
One of the four core producer enterprises in the project is Bokhara Plains, managed by Graham and Cathy Finlayson (see their Soils for Life case study here bit.ly/2R3Tywp). The Finlaysons have been working on innovative rangeland practices for over 20 years, focusing on improving their ecology which is the foundation of their business. These management practices improve environmental condition, livestock productivity and business performance. Read more about the project here: soilsforlife.org.au/rangelands-living-skin/
Located east of the Great Dividing Range in the Rawbelle district, around 260 km west of Bundaberg, Colodan is owned and managed by fourth generation farmers, James and Kylie Henderson. They have always taken a forward thinking and evolving approach to agriculture, however they made big changes to their management and became more ecologically focussed following the devastation of the Millennium Drought during the early 2000s. They have broadened their enterprise mix to include agroforestry, carbon farming as well as cattle production and are reaping the benefits. Learn more:https://soilsforlife.org.au/colodan/ ... See MoreSee Less
The Henderson family of Colodan in Central Queensland are fourth generation farmers, taking a forward thinking approach to agriculture. Confronted by the Millenium Drought in the early 2000s, they became motivated to improve their family legacy with a healthy, diverse business and ecosystem. James upskilled in carbon farming, forestry and started contracting as carbon consultant. The Hendersons now have a strong sense of resilience and life achievement, building on a dynamic family legacy and avoiding significant stress during drought. Learn more about carbon farming at Colodan: soilsforlife.org.au/colodan/... See MoreSee Less
Last week we were at the Farming Matters conference in Albury from Land to Market Australia! It was so great to discuss everything regenerative agriculture and see how it is benefitting farmers, landscapes and communities. During the conference our new Engagement and Communications Manager, Eli Court, was able to go and visit Bill Wearn's 'Yammacoona'. He was joined by the Hon Gary Nairn AO from the The Mulloon Institute, standing where our founder, Major-General Michael Jeffery, stood so many years ago when he visited. It is an honour to carry on his legacy and see all the inspiring people collaborating in this space continue on. Thank you to everyone involved in the Farming Matters conference and congratulations to the organisers for an amazing event.