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Round 2

Case studies - Round 2
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The Collingwood Story

DOWNLOAD ALL Taking over the family farm can be challenging in itself, leaving a secure job in the public service, a young family and relatives watching over a farm that extends back generations, now that’s a challenge. Through self education, independent thinking and the support of immediate family, John was able to turn Collingwood around to be the thriving black Angus cattle breeding property that it is today. A focus on soil through an integrated approach to managing physical, chemical and biological processes ....

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The Quirk Farm Story

DOWNLOAD ALL A fish kill in 1987/88, caused by leaching from acid sulphate soils, and a divided community set the scene for Robert Quirk’s journey as a cane farmer turned “accidental, but willing, scientist”. He’s since developed, and implemented, a set of regenerative practices that are recognised as best management for cane farming. Robert uses a holistic approach, combining engineering and agronomic solutions, to drainage, soil health and nutrient management.   FARM FACTS ....

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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 ....

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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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Mulloon Creek Catchment

  20 FARMERS AND ONE CREEK = A UNIQUE COLLABORATIVE PROJECT ON THE SOUTHERN TABLELANDS This is the story about a creek Mulloon Creek is not just any creek. It runs for around 50 kilometres through a beautiful valley in the Southern Tablelands, near Bungendore, New South Wales. It drains an area of around 400 square kilometres in a north- south aligned sub-catchment of the Upper Shoalhaven River. There’s history there, too. Mulloon Creek followed an original Cobb and Co ....

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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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The FFL Winlaton Story

DOWNLOAD ALL   THE FFL WINLATON STORY “We have a genuine drive to protect and restore Australian landscapes by marrying production, ecological and social outputs.” FFL (Future Farming Landscapes) at Winlaton is an investment model - the brainchild of Kilter Rural founders. It involved turning agriculture into a mainstream investment for institutions and professional investors. The company, Kilter Rural, is succeeding where many have failed. ....

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The Jillamatong Story

DOWNLOAD ALL This is the story of Jillamatong, a grazing property in the New South Wales Southern Tablelands with a history going back to 1951. In 1985, Martin Royds – the third-generation family member to manage Jillamatong - took over the running of the property. And he was forced to make big changes.   FARM FACTS Southern Tablelands (near Braidwood NSW) ....