Archive for category: Regional Landcare Facilitator

Treading carefully in natural resource management

Treading carefully in natural resource management

This article based on presentations from the 2018 NRM Officer Muster.  Driven to create a better world, most people working in natural resource management (NRM) are passionate about protecting and improving all parts of our environment. But achieving strong environmental outcomes isn’t always easy…  The problem is, the environment...

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Rotational grazing plan for beef farmers

Rotational grazing plan for beef farmers

Profitability for most livestock enterprises is strongly linked to pasture growth and utilisation. Yet one of the key tools for maximizing growth is under-utilised in Western Australia. While pasture growth is heavily influenced by nutrient availability, farm consultant Martin Staines says grazing management is just as important, and one...

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Feeding the soil: Orchardist’s recipe for biological farming

Feeding the soil: Orchardist's recipe for biological farming

Terms like biological farming and regenerative agriculture are increasingly being used to encourage farmers to integrate soil life and environmental thinking into their decision-making. But for bio-friendly practices to gain traction, farmers need examples from other farmers to appreciate how these concepts can be applied. One innovative farmer who...

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Making compost on-farm: Twenty years of know-how from an organic grower

Making compost on-farm: Twenty years of know-how from an organic grower

For the past 20 years, Donnybrook farmer Brett Kirkpatrick has been making compost to help grow biodynamic vegetables and beef pastures. Given the critical role that compost plays in a system without conventional fertilisers, we asked Brett about some important considerations for making compost. (If you have other questions,...

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Small grazing groups aim to improve productivity

Fourteen South West cattle and sheep producers looking to improve their productivity and pasture utilisation have signed up to the new Grazing MatcherTM initiative. The producers have formed two small groups that will meet eight times over 12 months in sessions facilitated by three agricultural consultants. Grazing MatcherTM is...

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Twenty years of farming with soil biology

Twenty years of farming with soil biology

Donnybrook farmer Brett Kirkpatrick has been growing vegetables and pastures using compost and biodynamic preparations for about 20 years. His experience is a valuable insight for growers considering a partial or complete adoption of biological farming principles. Brett Kirkpatrick and Leonie Inger are fourth generation Donnybrook farmers and pioneers...

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