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Tagasaste lifting production on erosion-prone deep sands

Tagasaste lifting production on erosion-prone deep sands

With two early storms causing significant erosion in parts of Western Australia earlier this year, some producers may be looking at unproductive and uncovered sandy areas with increasing trepidation. It’s the type of situation that Woodanilling farmer John Pickford experienced in the 1990’s on an area with deep pale...

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Confinement feeding trial provides multiple benefits for beef producer

Confinement feeding trial provides multiple benefits for beef producer

While confinement feeding is considered most relevant to sheep production, a recent trial by beef producer Brodie Allen south of Vasse suggests the cattle industry could also benefit by improving early season pasture establishment, animal condition and feed usage. The practice involves confining stock in relatively small pens for...

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Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo Training Workshops

By Stephen Newbey. SWCC and Birdlife Australia recently ran two ran two cockatoo training workshops, one in conjunction with Katanning Landcare, and the other with Blackwood Basin Group. The training included: How to identify potential cockatoo nesting sites; Survey methods of nesting sites; How to use ‘Cocky Cam’ to...

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Community survey dramatically improves understanding of Carnaby’s cockatoo breeding areas in the South West region

Community survey dramatically improves understanding of Carnaby’s cockatoo breeding areas in the South West region

Community members across the South West Catchments Council (SWCC) region have recently contributed more than 150 sightings of black cockatoos, including the endangered Carnaby’s cockatoo, to an online survey aimed at understanding the habitat these birds are using across the region. Prior to this survey, there were only two...

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South West Catchments Council applauds launch of ten-year trial to explore regenerative farming

South West Catchments Council applauds launch of ten-year trial to explore regenerative farming

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) has established a ten-year trial at its Merredin facility to explore regenerative farming systems. DPIRD research scientist Dr David Ferris unveiled the 5.4-hectare site prior to Minister Alannah McTiernan’s Regenerative Agriculture Round Table meeting on 24th July. The launch follows...

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Dumbleyung alive with the sound of planting

Dumbleyung alive with the sound of planting

Music festivals took on a whole new meaning in Dumbleyung recently when 150 volunteers came from the city to plant 40,000 seedlings across five properties while listening to and playing music. The much-appreciated help came from Activate the Wheatbelt, a not-for-profit organisation that brings volunteers from Perth to the...

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