Learning about the importance of perennial pasture cover for drought resilience on Gilgunnia Station on 13 November 2014.
Soils for Life teamed with Local Land Services Western Region to host this field day on one of our Western Division Resilient Landscape Project case study properties, Gilgunnia Station, near Cobar NSW, and showcase the range of practices that are being applied to build the property's resilience to drought.
Property owner, Ashley McMurtrie explains the
techniques he is applying to improve his landscape health.
Property owner Ashley McMurtrie outlined the regenerative practices his applying on Gilgunnia Station, including managing total grazing pressure, planned rotational grazing, construction of water-spreading banks and management of invasive native species - and explained how similar practices can produce benefits elsewhere. All of these practices aim to encourage establishment and maintenance of diverse groundcover and vegetation, a fundamental requirement to improve drought resilience.
Local DPI representative, Trudi Atkinson, also provided a presentation on total grazing management. This is an essential practice in this part of the country to effectively manage the grazing impact of the large numbers of feral goats and kangaroos present in the region to ensure
groundcover is maintained.
Left: Participants look at the early succession of native pasture following control of woody weeds and construction of water speading banks. Right: Participant are shown how native perennial pasture continues to grow despite the drought.
The weekend prior to the Field Day, Gilgunnia Station was mentioned on ABC's Landline Program, though this program did not discuss the property or practices in detail. To find out more about the innovative practices and inspiring results that are being achieved on this property, read the Gilgunnia Station case study, Building landscape resilience you can bank on.