Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Fresh Farming Outlook Focus on Regeneration; Holistic Methods Boost Landscape Health

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Fresh Farming Outlook Focus on Regeneration; Holistic Methods Boost Landscape Health

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Byline: Elyse Wurm Elyse.Wurm@warwickdailynews.com.au

PREDATORS may help move animals around grasslands in the wild, but a grazing practice used in the region is emulating this system to help farmers get the most out of their land in both dry and thriving times.

It is one method of holistic management farmers say can be used to help develop the health of the landscape, reduce farming costs and take the guesswork out of drought planning.

Rohan Morris, from Gleneden Family Farm at Maryvale, puts regenerative farming and holistic planned grazing into practice.

Mr Morris said the practice used electric fences to mimic the predator-prey relationship to contain stock to small areas at any one time.

The animals are then moved regularly -- once a day for sheep, weekly for pigs and between daily and weekly for cattle -- so they are not constantly spread out across the entire property.

"Basically you're continually fencing and moving water and moving animals so that at any one time perhaps threepercent of the farm is being grazed and 97percent is in a recovery phase," Mr Morris said.

"It has meant that we've been able to maintain grass cover and ground cover over our farm because we can control the animals' impact on it."

But Mr Morris said when the drought continued for long enough, eventually all farmers ran out of grass.

He has been gradually reducing his stock to about half his normal numbers, but said planned grazing had prolonged the amount of time he'd been able to maintain the animals.

The grazing practice also allowed him to make early decisions about when to reduce numbers to protect the health of the landscape.

"The importance of it is that our profitability hinges entirely on the productive fertility of the landscape. We have to be regenerating fertility from the landscape as we use it," Mr Morris said. …

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