Using renewable energy to power a new grazing enterprise was one of the main topics for discussion at a Healthy Soils Sustainable Farms field day at Cape Liptrap on Tuesday, 14 November.
Small-scale beef farmers, Jillian Staton and Bruce Whittaker described how they have transformed a 42Ha agistment block into an easy-to-manage and increasingly productive grazing property.
Initial improvements included subdividing larger paddocks and installing a laneway, and the construction of new, covered yards with a curved race. The real game-changer, however, was the installation of a solar-powered reticulation system that has enabled the couple to rotationally graze the entire property all year round.
The couple have noticed marked improvements in pasture composition and cover, consistent with the goals put forward in the nutrient management plan prepared by Lisa Warne as part of the Health Soils Sustainable Farms program.
Bruce described the process he went through in choosing the best system to feed water troughs around the farm, and some of the challenges encountered along the way.
Bruce and Jillian discussed the factors that led them to choose to go completely off-grid when building their home on the property. Electrician Wayne Smith talked about the off-grid system that he helped design and install, which includes 10kw of solar panels, a solar-powered hot water system, LPG for cooking, and provision in the future for a back-up generator and/or wind turbine.

Field day notes are available here (nutrient management plan) and here (Tarara notes)

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The South Gippsland Landcare Network stretches from Mt Best to Mt Lyal, and along the prom coast. It’s made up of 16 local groups working to preserve and protect the natural environment, while also enhancing the long-term sustainability of farming in this part of Victoria. We’re proud to work across both Bunurong and Gunaikurnai country, and to recognise the rich history embedded in this land we now share. As a network, we’re a diverse group – made up of primary producers, hobby farmers, tree changers, backyard gardeners and environmentalists of all sorts. This page is part of our community, so we welcome feedback and input from anyone who’s interested in having a voice here.
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FREE Recruiting and Engaging Volunteers’ Webinar

The 2020 National Landcare Conference would usually be happening around this time, unfortunately due to the current situation to conference could not go ahead. Landcare has instead put together a series of National Landcare Conference webinars for you to enjoy!

The first in the series is happening next week, on Thursday October 1st at 2pm.

Recruiting and Engaging Volunteers will be presented by Kim Boswell, whose volunteer recruitment framework has been used to recruit thousands of Landcare volunteers in Victoria.

Jam-packed with hot tips and fresh ideas, Kim will present a step-by-step ‘5A method’, that supports groups to recruit and retain perfectly matched and energised volunteers, and fill committee positions.

Kim will also chat about utilising volunteers in a post-Covid world, and will tell you how you can access her insightful and effective online volunteer recruitment course for free.

For more information or to register for this free webinar visit https://www.landcarer.com.au/webinar-registration/.
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Monash University is publishing Australia's first climate column in community newspapers across Australia, where they discuss local climate trends and break down the science of climate change.

In their columns, they feature a range of community voices who talk about their experience of climate change and what it means for them. They are trying to collect contributions from residents, volunteers and various groups they feel have a unique perspective.

If you are interested in contributing your voice, they have a short 5 minute survey you can complete by clicking this link: https://bit.ly/clim8survey
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“Rivers are the arteries of our planet; they are lifelines in the truest sense.” ~ Mark Angelo

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