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Soil management tour takes in local properties

Tuesday 13 March, 2012
Local farmers are continuing to seek and share information on ways to improve soil condition through trialing and adopting soil and grazing management practices. To help achieve this knowledge gathering and sharing, the Burnt Creek and Hughes Creek Landcare Groups, together with the Ruffy Grazing Group are visiting two local iconic properties, Kulaba and Habbies Howe.

Local farmers are continuing to seek and share information on ways to improve soil condition through trialing and adopting soil and grazing management practices. To help achieve this knowledge gathering and sharing, the Burnt Creek and Hughes Creek Landcare Groups, together with the Ruffy Grazing Group are visiting two local iconic properties, Kulaba and Habbies Howe.

Long-time manager of Kulaba, David Freeman, and owner and manager of Habbies Howe, Scott McKay, will share their combined 37 years’ experience on the tour, covering soil management practices, pasture and grazing management.

The tour will also look at the productivity and lifestyle benefits of bringing landscape and biodiversity restoration into productive farm management through land class fencing and salinity and erosion management.

Through the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (CMA)’s Beyond SoilCare project, farmers in the catchment are looking more closely at their soils and in particular, ways to improve organic matter levels and reduce soil acidification.

A recent round of soil testing and soil test interpretation workshops held in Ruffy and Strathbogie revealed extensive interest from farmers to continue their learning about soils. The soil management farm tour is a result of interest shown by farmers in looking at how their neighbours have integrated soil management into their everyday farm management practices.

For more information on the Beyond SoilCare project please visit www.gbcma.vic.gov.au.

To register, or for more information, please contact Rhiannon Apted, Land Health Coordinator for the Goulburn Broken CMA on 03 5736 0108.

 

Photo: Farmers sharing knowledge on a farm tour.

For further information please contact:
Amanda McClaren, Communications and Marketing Manager
t: 03 5820 1117 m: 0459 023 640 e: amandam@gbcma.vic.gov.au