eNews 30 March 2018

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Shop locally... for your livestock

Sheep Health Declaration 001By Geoff Green, Northern Tablelands Local Land Services Biosecurity Officer

One of the best biosecurity controls you can implement on your farm is “shop locally”. You are more likely to understand the local issues and you will know what to avoid (weeds, diseases, drench resistance issues). As we move further from home to source stock, the biosecurity risks increase.

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Coming events

Season for Soil | Dr Maarten Stapper

Season for Soil

Dr Maarten Stapper has found regenerative farming the most sustainable for producers, consumers and landscapes. Such farming improves soils with low external input and flexible management based on planning and observation.

Maarten will be with us for a series of events in and around Armidale from 10-12 April. Download the flier here.

Dr Stapper a farming systems agronomist with 40 years’ experience on four continents and a former senior scientist with CSIRO who was awarded a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology. Employing a holistic approach, he is an expert across a wide spectrum of agricultural areas in research, development and extension.

Regenerative Ag Farm Tour

Farm TourThere is a growing movement of farmers who are ecologically minded and understand that soil isn't just a growing medium, it's alive!  Two local farming families, the Emmerys and McPhies, have generously opened their gates to give an insight into the regenerative farming practices they have applied these past few years.

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Farming with AgroEcology | David Hardwick

FarmingWithAgroecologySmallSouthern New England Landcare will host Soil Land Food's David Hardwick to run 4 days of ecological whole farm planning with an innovation focus. Save the dates: Thursday 26 - Friday 27 April and Thursday 17 - Friday 18 May. 

The program integrates whole farm planning with a range of innovations including planned grazing, agroforestry, BEHAVE (animal behaviour and diet diversity concepts), innovative farm planning, diversity cropping (multispecies cover cropping, pasture cropping, no-kill farming), biofertilisers, innovative erosion techniques and more.

The program introduces participants to a wide range of innovations and will be delivered by Bruce Maynard and David Hardwick with some assistance on Day 4 from Kristy Youman. Project activites will include indoor and outdoor sessions on local properties and attract a broad range of pariticpants from around the Southern New England.

Download the flier pdf here. To register, please contact mail@snelandcare.org.au or call 02 6772 9123.

NTS Certificate in Nutrition Farming

NTS Certificate in Nutrition Farming Flyer9am to 5pm 7th - 10 May 2018 at the Living Classroom, Bingara.

Transform your farming, your garden and yourself with Graeme Sait. 

Balancing Nutrients for Good Nutrition | Peter Norwood | Kentucky & Guyra

PeterNorwoodEventAre you (or your livestock) thriving nutritionally? What are the signs & symptoms? Do you need to break through animal health and production barriers?

Biodynamic Field Day for Pasture Improvement and Holistic Grazing

RichardMakimCome along and meet Richard Makim whose family has been on the land for at least six generations.

When: 10 am to 3 pm Sunday 8th April 2018.
Where: 110 Simmons Road, Armidale, NSW
Cost: Free and includes morning tea. Please register for catering purposes on 02 6655 0566 or bdoffice@biodynamics.net.au

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Resources

Are you interested in monitoring algal blooms?

The University of Technology Sydney (UTS) through the Environmental Trust and in collaboration with government have developed a communication and education tool for community detection of algal blooms through electronic sources such as an Algae Scum ID phone app, as well as creating a new Algal Resource Kit for water testing for blue-green algae.

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Grants

BCT offers annual payments to conserve biodiversity on farms

BCT launch imageDo you have native vegetation on your farm? Could you benefit from some additional income to manage this land? The newly-established Biodiversity Conservation Trust (BCT) has a new program that could be of interest. BCT are calling for expressions of interest (EOI) from people interested in earning annual payments to conserve biodiversity on their property.

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Northern Tablelands LLS calls for Expressions of Interest

Northern Tablelands Local Land Services is developing projects with support from the NSW and Australian Government to invest in the long term sustainability of agricultural businesses in the region. We would like landholders to submit Expressions of Interest to help us identify and support their natural resource priorities on-farm. 

Expressions of Interest will be assessed as they are received against a set of criteria including funding availability, landholder contribution, NSW and Australian Government priorities and value for money. It is expected that proposed projects would be delivered in the 2018/19 fnancial year.

Download more information here. Download the Expression of Interest Form here.

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