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    Tails Wagging on the Research Trail

    Baxter Detection Dog320When attempting to sniff out solutions to learn more about Australia’s biodiversity such as koala populations, what better way than to enlist man’s best friend for the job?

    Detection dogs may not spring to mind as the first thing we think about when looking for koala habitat, but Northern Tablelands Local Land Services has commissioned a team of researchers from the University of the Sunshine Coast to find out more about local koalas.

    Grants Now Open for Groups & Individuals

    angelina litvin 32188 unsplash320During the period December 2018 – February 2019, there are a few grant application opportunities of which members and member groups may wish to take advantage:

    Field Day to Focus on Habitat for Woodland Birds

    Bush4Birds3TOSFSquareSmallSouthern New England Landcare will host a field day on Saturday 1st December targeting bird lovers and landholders who are keen to skill up on revegetation and habitat creation techniques.

    "During the morning, we will be coached by ornithologist Andrew Huggett, on habitat design and monitoring techniques for threatened woodland birds," said Struan Ferguson, Southern New England Landcare Project Officer.

    "We may even spot some rare or threatened species," she said.

    "Then, after a delicious picnic lunch, we are planning several local revegetation experts to demonstrate ground preparation, weed control and watering options for revegetation projects," said Struan.

    Read more...

    Bell's Turtles Forever in Our Region

    Bells Turtle hatchling captive rearing programThe ‘Turtles Forever’ project, now in its third year of the ten-year project, is providing protection for the endangered Bell’s Turtle which is only found in the Namoi, Deepwater, Gwydir and Severn River systems.

    Strategies for coping with the adversity of drought - an invitation

    Dry Dam 320The recent dry times have been a challenge far and wide for our region with a lot of media coverage of the struggles that people are having as a result. While these climate challenges are common for Australians on the land, there’s a fair chance with climate change that conditions like we’ve been seeing are going to become more frequent and intense. So we have an invitation for landholders in our area...

    Landcare Plantings Save Threatened Woodland Birds

    CTGPosterA landcare project among local graziers is seeing them close a 23 km gap in habitat connectivity for threatened woodland birds and other fauna from Mount Butler and Invergowrie in the west to Gara Gorge and Dangars Falls in the east.

    “Closing this gap in habitat is helping to save from local extinction, some very precious threatened woodland birds,” said Southern New England Landcare’s Karen Zirkler.

    Australian Agriculture - Vicious to Virtuous?

    Vicious to virtuous cycles 2015IMAGEInterested in a regenerative agriculture that can change the future of Australia's landscapes and economies? "The underlying resource base of Australian agriculture has been gripped in a cycle of decline for decades," states Ogilvy, Kulkarni and Hurley (2015).

    The authors assert that Australian agriculture is trapped for the most part in a vicious cycle that they describe and illustrate clearly. They then envision another way: a strategic future for Australian agriculture that embraces a virtuous cycle.

    This report is highly recommended reading for anyone interested in the broader regenerative agriculture discussion: download the report here Sue Ogilvy, Dr Anand Kulkarni, Sam Hurley, 2015. "From vicious to virtuous cycles: a sustainable future for Australian agriculture", A Discussion Paper, Centre for Policy Development.

     

    Malpas Catchment – support available for pasture monitoring

    Rachel Lawrence SmallThe recent rainfall has given much of the Malpas Catchment a bit of a break from the dry conditions we’ve all been experiencing. Fingers crossed the good conditions continue. Whether or not they do though, pasture monitoring and feed budgeting is an essential tool to plan into the future.

    Rachel Lawrence, Malpas Catchment Coordinator, has experience with pasture species identification (both native and exotic) and monitoring of pasture biomass and condition of the ground and litter layer. Rachel is available to provide support to small groups within the Malpas area who would like to implement pasture monitoring and feed budgeting. Rachel would work with graziers to follow the methodology put in place by Dr Judi Earl and Dr Lewis Kahn from Agricultural Information and Monitoring Services (AIMSAG). Small groups of three or so people is ideal, fewer is ok, but preferably no larger.

    If this is of interest to you, please contact Rachel via email  or at the Southern New England Landcare office on 02 6772 9123.

    GGTP Sponsors Biological Farming Conference

    SNELANDCAREadvertSmallGrass Grower's Tea Party (fondly known as GGTP), a sub-group of Southern New England Landcare Ltd, is proud to announce it's Silver Sponsorship of the 2018 Australian Biological Farming Conference & Expo to be held at Southern Cross University on the Gold Coast from 9-12 November 2018.

    Grass Grower’s Tea Party, an Armidale-based group formed in 2001, coordinated the highly successful 2005 conference ‘People in the Landscape—Produce it, Protect it, Proft’.

    More than 300 delegates experienced Allan Savory (Savory Institute), Arron Wood (2001 Young Australian of the Year), Constance Neely (USA) and Dick Richardson (South African Holistic Management educator) on:

    • education for environmental change
    • regenerative land management
    • learning from the land and more than 120 delegates visited Tim Wright’s property ‘Lana’.

    Now, GGTP is 'paying it forward' to help make this event one not to be missed!

    Download the conference flier here and the program here. Visit https://www.australianbiologicalfarmingconference.org/ for more information.

    SNELandcare Members may be able to obtain free tickets (conditions apply).

    Southern New England Landcare’s mission is to lead, connect and enable our communities to reach their sustainability goals and we continue to champion the adoption of regenerative agricultural practices.

    Raising funds for Regent Honeyeater Recovery

     

    Regent Honeyeater WEBThe National Twitchathon is BirdLife Australia's spring race for bird conservation. It's a friendly competition in which teams of birders race to see or hear as many bird species as possible in a set time, while raising funds for BirdLife's crucial conservation and research projects.

    Free Tickets: Australian Biological Farming Conference

    BFCLogoWould you like to attend the Australian Biological Farming Conference & Expo on the Gold Coast 10-11 November 2018? Southern New England Landcare has a further TWO FREE TICKETS to give away!

    The first two current financial members of Southern New England Landcare who email Karen Zirkler, stating why they would like to attend and the speaker they are most looking forward to seeing will receive the tickets, worth $440 each. The recipients of the free tickets will also be asked to provide a photograph and a short paragraph on their conference highlight for our next edition of Landchat. Note, only one free ticket per couple please.

    Serrated Tussock a Serious Threat in Current Conditions

    Serrated tussock320Serrated tussock is a weed of national significance. Highly adapted to a range of environments, it seeds prolifically and is difficult to control. The wind spreads large volumes of seed across long distances, allowing new populations to establish over large areas.

    Jonathan Lawson, Regional Weeds Coordinator at Northern Tablelands Local Land Services, cautions against the threat and is keen to emphasise the serious risk it presents to the Northern Tablelands grazing system.  

    Managing Breeding Stock in Challenging Times

    Cow calf feeding320Sourcing and providing good quality feed is challenging under the current conditions and it is particularly important that producers take additional care with late pregnant and lactating stock.

    Northern Tablelands Local Land Services District Vet, Dr Lisa Martin at Tenterfield, is advising producers to monitor their heavily pregnant and lactating stock closely. The combination of poor quality alternative feeds this year such as Rhodes or Setaria grass hays, cane tops or sorghum stubbles with the continuing cold weather, increases the risk of metabolic disease in pregnant and lactating stock due to energy or calcium deficiencies.

    Ladies in Livestock Events at Guyra and Walcha

    Fat scoring320Women involved in agriculture across the Northern Tablelands have been embracing the opportunity to empower themselves through networks and knowledge courtesy of the highly successful Ladies in Livestock program. 

    An initiative of Northern Tablelands Local Land Services, the project is designed to educate women by building their technical knowledge and capacity to apply the skills gained through the program to their individual enterprises.

    Ask a Scientist Project Seeks YOUR Questions

    anandu vinod 318126 unsplash320Farmers for Climate Action is inviting all farmers to participate in the ‘Ask a Scientist’ project and pose your question to a panel of highly respected climate scientists.

    'Fundamentals of Soil' at Danthonia Hosts Popular Speakers

    Flyer Fundamentals of SoilJPGDr Christine Jones, Dr Terry McCosker and Johannes Meier will tackle the topic ''What really feeds plants..." at Danthonia near Inverell on 26th September. Hosted by Gwymac Landcare, this is a day not to miss. Download the flier here.

    Congratulations to Talented Students for Property Planning

    GI High Biosecurity320An array of regional talent shone through at this year’s Local Land Services Schools Property Planning Competition, delivering promising signs of the fresh, young minds that will be shaping the agricultural sector in the future.

    Image - Local Land Services District Vet discussed the importance of biosecurity on-farm with students from Glen Innes High School at the Schools Property Planning Competition Field Day.

    Funding Opportunity Provides Long-Term NRM Benefits

    Direct seed Llangothlin320Northern Tablelands Local Land Services is committed to working with landholders to invest in the long term sustainability of the region.

    Landholders looking at ways to improve management of natural resources on farm are encouraged to contact Northern Tablelands Local Land Services who are delivering a range of incentives.

    Image - On-farm native revegetation projects are eligible for grant funding in the 'On-farm natural resource management grants program'.

    Victorian Network Pledges Support for Southern New England Farmers

    DryTimeDinnerWEBDry Time Dinners will be the mechanism Southern New England Landcare employs to support local farmers using money pledged by the Northern Yarra Landcare Network in Victoria.

    Southern New England Landcare was contacted last week by Mr John Birse, president of the Northern Yarra Landcare Network.

    “At our recent AGM, we decided to assist drought-affected farmers in NSW by donating $1000 of our own funds,” said Mr Birse.

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