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Case studies - Livestock

These case studies are testament to the determination and tenacity of farmers who are truly agriculture's "Catalysts for Change”. Their successes have come after years of applying regenerative practices. They are the heroes of Australian agriculture.

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The Rothesay transition story

DOWNLOAD ALL   Maddy Coleman grew up in the city, and her love of horses introduced her to agriculture. Years of experience working in diverse farming practice and ongoing training and education followed. Maddy has made changes to their initial Rothesay business model, proving that flexibility, formal and applied education and conversations with mentors are key factors in managing ongoing drought conditions. Management changes on Rothesay include preserving ground cover using a different stocking model and fencing to allow rehabilitation of creeks and gullies. Maddy shares her experience in managing Rothesay using ....

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The Glenelg Story

DOWNLOAD ALL   PERMANENT PASTURE IN A SEMI-ARID LAND This is a common story in the history of Queensland farming, but it’s an inspirational story too. It’s a story of persistence, resourcefulness and resilience, self-sufficiency, acute observation of nature, the adoption of practical and cost-effective innovations and resilience to droughts and floods due to the property’s conservative grazing system. Soils For Life has chosen Glenelg as a case study because it presents strong arguments for conservative stocking, comprehensive ground cover, soil ....

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The Illawong story

DOWNLOAD ALL   TURNING "DISASTER" INTO DELIGHT AT ILLAWONG Bryan Ward’s property, Illawong, comprises 160 hectares and carries up to 140 beef cattle at any one time. While this is a relatively small property, it is perhaps typical of thousands of farms producing beef in Australia. There’s a trend to smaller holdings, many operated by people with little farming background. But Bryan’s achievements over 24 years of managing Illawong provide valuable lessons for producers seeking to maintain production while also regenerating and ....

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The Brownlow Hill Story

DOWNLOAD ALL   HISTORY REMADE ON BROWNLOW HILL ESTATE This is the story of an historic farm which almost failed. It’s a story which goes back 200 years, when the pasture at Brownlow Hill, just near Camden, supplied Sydney with milk. A number of crises, including the deregulation of the dairy industry in the 1990’s and the threat of Coal Seam Gas exploration, forced Edgar and Lynne Downes to drastically review how they farmed. This case study tracks the ....

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‘Beetaloo Station’ – First add water

REGENERATIVE AGRICULTURE CASE STUDY FIRST ADD WATER The innovative practices developed by John Dunnicliff and his family at Beetaloo Station provide, potentially, an efficient and sustainable method of cattle production applicable ....