Case Studies – Round 1

CASE STUDIES – ROUND 1


The first round of case studies was undertaken in 2011-12, with 21 innovative landscape managers across Australia.

The land managers on this page demonstrate profitable and sustainable farming at the same time as improving the natural resource base. This is our first series of case studies capturing their experiences.

The case studies culminated in the report, Innovations for Regenerative Landscape Management. This report, published in September 2012, was our first major milestone in achieving Soil for Life’s program objectives and explains the need for widespread adoption of regenerative practices in our rural, urban and peri-urban landscapes.

Report Summary (909 KB)

Full Report (8184 KB)

Introductory Pages (818 KB)

– cover, foreword by Michael Jeffery, contents, acknowledgements

Chapter 1 (714 KB)

Landscape Regeneration for Our Future – the need for change

Chapter 2 (1155 KB)

Landscape Regeneration in Action – summary of case study practices

Chapter 3 (505 KB)

Case Studies of Landscape Regeneration in Practice – property statistics

All Case Studies (6775 KB)


‘BEETALOO STATION’ – FIRST ADD WATER 03 Jan 2018 /  NT, LIVESTOCK, ROUND 1 The innovative practices developed by John Dunnicliff and his family at Beetaloo Station provide, potentially, an efficient and sustainable method of cattle production applicable…
‘BOKHARA PLAINS’ – REACHING THE REAL POTENTIAL OF THE NSW RANGELANDS 02 Jan 2018 /  NSW, LIVESTOCK, ROUND 1 Graham and Cathy Finlayson have used stock to convert claypans to pastures, significantly improving their carrying capacity, while diversifying into cattle trading and tourism…
‘BRIANDRA’ – USING RAISED BEDS AND BENEFICIAL FUNGI TO RESTORE SOIL HEALTH 01 Jan 2018 /  VIC, GRAINS, ROUND 1 Upon learning the links between soil health and waterlogging, Brian and Sandra Wilson concentrated on improving their soils, adopting a technique to improve drainage…
‘CLOVER ESTATE’ – TURNING SAND INTO FERTILE SOIL 01 Dec 2017 /  SA, LIVESTOCK, ROUND 1 David Clayfield has used applied soil science to create fertile, healthy soils from sand, in turn producing healthy pastures and healthy cows.
‘DUKES PLAIN’ – CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT OF THE FARM RESOURCE 01 Nov 2017 /  QLD, LIVESTOCK, ROUND 1 Shane and Shan Joyce have been involved in farm landscape regeneration for over 37 years. They believe that mixing their own and other peoples’…
GILGUNNIA STATION – BUILDING LANDSCAPE RESILIENCE YOU CAN BANK ON 02 Aug 2017 /  NSW, LIVESTOCK, ROUND 1 Ashley and Carolyn McMurtrie were driven to seek new ideas on sustainable rangeland management after arriving on the run-down property that was Gilgunnia Station.…
‘GUNNINGRAH’ – SHIFTING MINDSET FROM ANIMALS TO THE LAND 01 Aug 2017 /  NSW, LIVESTOCK, ROUND 1 Initially inspired to perform a trial of new management practices to better manage received rainfall, Charlie and Anne Maslin ended up following their instincts…
‘INVERARAY DOWNS’ – HIGHER QUALITY FOOD THROUGH REGENERATED SOILS AND REDUCED INPUTS 01 Jun 2017 /  NSW, GRAINS, ROUND 1 To overcome productivity declines in some of Australia’s best soils, Cam and Roxane McKellar have re-designed ecological cropping practices, successfully regenerating the structure and…
‘JILLAMATONG’ – DON’T MEASURE SUCCESS BY THE SIZE OF YOUR HERD 01 May 2017 /  NSW, LIVESTOCK, ROUND 1 From struggling farmer to award winner, Martin Royds, along with his partner Trish Solomon, have re-defined their own meaning of success on the land.
‘LANA’ – PARTNERING FARM ANIMALS TO REGENERATE THE LAND 01 Mar 2017 /  NSW, LIVESTOCK, ROUND 1 Ten holistic management principles guide farming operations for Tim and Karen Wright, enabling them to work with nature - and their livestock - to…
‘MILGADARA’ – PUTTING LIFE BACK INTO THE SOIL WITH HUMUS COMPOST 01 Feb 2017 /  NSW, GRAINS, ROUND 1 Bill and Rhonda Daly are producing sweet smelling and fertile soils after investing in understanding their landscape and producing humus compost to attain profitable…
‘NORTH EAST CMA’ – EMPOWERING FARMERS TO MEET THE SOIL CARBON CHALLENGE 02 Jan 2017 /  VIC, GRAINS, LIVESTOCK, ROUND 1 The North East Victoria Catchment Management Authority (CMA) is running an innovative project to help over 500 farmers improve the soil carbon content of…
‘NRM SOUTH’ – WORKING WITH THE WILLING 01 Jan 2017 /  TAS, GRAINS, HORTICULTURE, LIVESTOCK, ROUND 1 The team at Tasmania’s NRM South are tailoring solutions to meet the needs of landholders in their catchment and are offering low risk trials…
‘PINE LODGE’ – THE INFLUENCE OF EFFLUENT 01 Nov 2016 /  VIC, LIVESTOCK, ROUND 1 Ian and Wendy Klein have taken recycling to a new level, treating dairy effluent to provide rich fertiliser and effectively managing their on-farm water…
‘PROSPECT PASTORAL COMPANY’ – AGAINST ALL ODDS – TURNING SAND INTO PROFIT 01 Nov 2016 /  WA, GRAINS, LIVESTOCK, ROUND 1 Initially investing in 660 hectares of marginal and degraded wheat country, Ian and Dianne Haggerty have built up a successful production area of 8000…
‘SHANNON VALE STATION’ – WEED CONTROL WITHOUT HERBICIDE IS NOT A LOAD OF BULL 01 Aug 2016 /  NSW, LIVESTOCK, ROUND 1 Greg and Sally Chappell have shown that pasture improvement using organic-based fertilisation together with carefully planned stock management can overcome significant weed problems and…
‘TALAHENI’ – REDUCING DRYLAND SALINITY AND ACHIEVING RESILIENCE BY DESIGN 01 Jul 2016 /  NSW, LIVESTOCK, ROUND 1 Using a deep understanding of their environment, John and Robyn Ive have used strategic paddock design and management to build resilience into their landscape,…
‘TALLAWANG’ – GREENER PASTURES THROUGH RESTORING LANDSCAPE HYDROLOGY 01 Jul 2016 /  NSW, LIVESTOCK, ROUND 1 Craig Carter and his partner Nicky Chirlian aspire to a balance of low farming inputs, comfortable returns and a healthy diverse landscape. Implementing a…
‘WINONA’ – PASTURE CROPPING THE WAY TO HEALTH 01 Apr 2016 /  NSW, LIVESTOCK, ROUND 1 Colin Seis faced adversity and then struck ‘gold’ in developing a new way to look after the land and his bottom line - building…
WYNDHAM STATION – A MOTIVATION FOR LONG-TERM LANDSCAPE RESILIENCE 02 Aug 2015 /  NSW, LIVESTOCK, ROUND 1 Angus and Kelly Whyte were dissatisfied with the amount of work they were having to put into their property for little financial return just…