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Landcare Links October 2021

ISSUE 01 / 04.11.2020

Spring is certainly evident everywhere in the paddocks and with the warmer days and regular bouts of rainfall, the grass and pastures are growing well. It looks to be continuing as a fantastic Spring and Summer.

Drought is far from my thoughts as I look at the lush paddocks, however, planning ahead for drought starts in good times ensuring your farm business is resilient. "There's one certainty about drought. You're in it, coming out of it, or going back into it", says Terry McCosker founder of Resource Consulting Service. 

I came across a presentation from Jim Gerrish, 'In Dire Need: Drought Management', which you might find interesting. He highlights key steps farmers can take to increase their drought resiliency.  Included in this is, building the carbon of your soil, increasing water in the landscape and the need to have a plan. The plan includes being able to, monitor pasture regularly, choose your enterprise that allows you to have flexible stocking rates and being able to act on your plan when the triggers arise. 

Here is the link if you are interested in the YouTube clip.

Warm Regards,
Kerstie

Kerstie Lee
Regional Agriculture Landcare Facilitator
Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority


Acknowledgement

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which we work and pay our respects to their Elders; past, present and emerging.

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News & Events

Energy Efficiency in Horticulture

On Thursday 28th October from 1.00pm-2.00pm online, Ag Vic will be presenting a panel discussion with three managers from horticultural businesses who will talk about how thye have integrated energy efficiency technologies and practices into their businesses.

Pasture: What is it and how to increase its value for stock

On Tuesday 9th November from 12.30pm-1.30pm online, Greg Bekker from Ag Vic will be facilitating an interactive discussion with farmers about their current pasture, understanding why is looks the way it does and how to increase its value for stock and soil health.

Register by emailing kerstiel@gbcma.vic.gov.au or 0437 310 840.

Passion into Action: how women create change workshop

On Thursday 11th November from 10.00am-12.00pm online, Goulburn Broken CMA are hosting a workshop on restoring land - how women create change. It is designed to connect, encourage and inspire women caring for our land. Cassie Leatham, Anika Molesworth and Sally Murfet sharing their stories.

Contact kerstiel@gbcma.vic.gov.au for further information.

Climate ready Hume mini grants up to $10,000

Applications open Thurs 7th Oct and close on Fri 17th December, with projects complted by Fri 24th June 2022. The Community Mini-grants – Climate Ready Hume Program is part of a three-year project supporting Hume regional communities to adapt to a changing climate. All further information available by clicking on 'Read more' below.

Sustainability Vic new grant round

Circular Economy Business Innovation Centre (CEBIC) is looking for applications from collaborative projects which aim to design out waste to improve environmental and economic outcomes for Victoria. For more information on this and other grants.

 

Weed Orchid Watch

This highly invasive environmental weed produces millions of dust like seeds allowing it to spread easily and form dense colonies. It is the only invasive non-native orchid in Victoria. It can invade bushland where it can compete with and exclude smaller native plants such as lilies, grasses and orchids.

If you know of where this is growing, please let Kerstie Lee kerstiel@gbcma.vic.gov.au know so we can try and work out how to manage it, or if we can manage it going forward.


For further information or to order a hard copy of the newsletter please contact:

Goulburn Broken CMA
168 Welsford Street (PO Box 1752) | Shepparton, Victoria 3630 | Phone: 03 5822 7700
Email: reception@gbcma.vic.gov.au | Website: www.gbcma.vic.gov.au