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    Regent Honeyeater & Woodland Birds Workshop

    RegentHoneyEaterDeanIngwersenWant to know clues to finding the rare Regent Honeyeater? Why are they so endangered and why are other woodland birds also threatened? Ever wanted to record what birds are in your area? Can you pick a Striated Thornbill from a Buff-rumped Thornbill? Come and join a workshop on the identification and survey methods for Regent Honeyeaters and other woodland birds. Sunday 29th April 2018, Uralla Community Centre. Download the flier here.

    Transport Fund to Help Drought-Affected Farmers

    freestocks org 100754 unsplashSMALLA new Drought Transport Fund announced by the NSW Government will help farmers manage livestock through dry conditions. The NSW Drought Transport Fund will provide up to $20,000 in low interest loans, with a two-year interest and repayment free period.

    Five Schools Combine to Discuss Regenerative Agriculture

    RegenAgImageBig ideas were planted with more than 100 students from five schools across the region when they combined to discuss regenerative agriculture on Tuesday 10th April 2018.  Image - Armidale High School's Bec Smith (L), Dr Maarten Stapper and Sara Schmude pictured at the event. Photo courtesy of Meg Francis. Check out the full story here. 

    First Release of Captive-Hatched Baby Bell’s Turtles

    Bells Turtle hatchlings 006More than 100 baby Bell’s Turtles will provide a major boost to the wild population of this endangered species after being released into the Macdonald River at seven sites near Bendemeer, north of Tamworth in April 2018. The release of turtle hatchlings through the Turtles Forever program is the result of a unique partnership between a detection dog, local farmers, ecologists and researchers.

    $30M Skills Boost for Small Business

    TAFE Digital HQ headshotNew free courses delivered across state from Armidale.

    Member for Northern Tablelands and Minister responsible for TAFE NSW Adam Marshall recently announced local small businesses and their staff now have access to free business skills training thanks to a new $30 million NSW Government initiative aimed at helping small businesses grow and thrive.

    Image - Northern Tablelands MP and Minister responsible for TAFE NSW Adam Marshall is delighted that the new TAFE Digital headquarters will be delivering the new $30 million Skills for Business program across the state.

    Blackberry in the New England

    BlackberryIt is the responsibility of all land owners and managers to control weeds on their lands (Biosecurity Act 2015 – General Biosecurity Duty). With the recent enactment of the Biosecurity legislation in NSW it is also the responsibility of landholders to ensure they do not allow weeds to spread to neighboring properties. An example of unintentional weed spread is blackberries as seeds are largely spread by birds and animals that eat the fruit and excrete seed elsewhere. This highlights the need for all land managers to treat blackberry and other weeds on their land so as to minimise or prevent their spread.

    Farm Planning with AgroEcology starts soon

    FarmingWithAgroecologySmallSoil Land Food's David Hardwick will run 4 days of farm planning with an innovation twist starting on Thursday 26 - Friday 27 April and concluding on Thursday 17 - Friday 18 May. The RSVP date has been extended to Friday 20th April, so there is still time to register!

    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.

    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.

    Communities commit to long term pest control

    WildDogVideoImageAerial baiting programs, targeting wild dogs, are being launched across NSW during the next few months in a community-wide, co-ordinated bid to reduce attacks on livestock and protect native fauna.

    Harnham Landcare Group hosts ‘Balance & Boom’

    IMG 1713smallOn 28th February 2018, seventeen participants began a soil workshop series with Derek Smith at the Kentucky Hall. The program aims to help participants formulate a long-term plan for soil management so in 5, 10 and 20 years, the farm is in better shape and more resilient to challenges.

    Feeding strategies for early weaning

    Feed mix with grain SmallAdvice from Northern Tablelands Local Land Services Officer (Beef Cattle) – Jason Siddell

    There has been a bit of storm rain about (and let’s hope it continues) but there is, of course, a lag between rainfall and feed growth. Early weaning is a tool that can be used by Northern Tablelands cattle producers to manage feed costs and maintain productivity. Please find below strategies for early weaning.

    Image courtesy NT LLS.

    "Balance & Boom" starts Wednesday - register now!

    DerekSquareFormulate a long-term plan for your soil management so in 5, 10 and 20 years time, your farm is in better shape and more resilient to challenges with Derek Smith, one of only 4 Kinsey-Albrecht Soil Practitioners in Australia. Join Derek as he guides and mentors you through this 4-day soil management program.

    Days 1 & 2 (28 Feb - 1 Mar 2018) focus on how and why soils respond in certain ways to inputs, stock management and farming practises. Explore options to improve outcomes in the short, medium and long term.

     Download the flier here.

    Armidale Urban Rivercare Group wins grant

    AURG1Armidale Urban Rivercare Group (AURG) are to be congratulated on their successful grant application to the NLP Small Community Grants recently. This Project will erect signage and host an open day at a rehabilitated section of Dumaresq Creek in Armidale to:

    NT LLS Supports 'Ladies in Livestock'

    justin clark 403373smallWomen are taking the wheel with both hands when it comes to self-empowerment and education on-farm with the expansion of the Northern Tablelands Local Land Services Ladies in Livestock program.

    SNELandcare AGM & Christmas Celebration

    XmasSquareSouthern New England Landcare Ltd will hold it's Annual General Meeting from 5.30 - 6.00 pm on Thursday 30th November 2017 at the Uralla Community Centre, Hill St Uralla. All members are invited to attend, and stay on afterwards for the annual Christmas function, where members and friends can enjoy...

    • Discussion on the Australian Government’s new National Landcare Program and Smart Farms Grants.
    • 2017 John Winter Irving Bequest recipient announced.
    • 2017 Coordinator’s Choice Award, and
    • Festive fnger food and drinks until 8.30 pm.

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