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TAS Country : October 21st 2010
8 Tasmanian Country Friday, October 22, 2010 News AUTHORITY: Graeme Hand says farmers can regenerate native grasslands. Holistic hand helps out JENNIFER CRAWLEY ‘ If you haven’t got a grazing plan sorted out it can run off the rails ’ A VICTORIAN farmer is showing Tasmanians how animals can regener- ate pastures, not damage them, at a workshop in the Huon Valley this week. Graeme Hand will teach holistic management with a focus on grazing at the two-day workshop. Mr Hand trained in holistic manage- ment in the US in 1995. He has been a holistic management trainer and consultant ever since and uses it on his own property in south- west Victoria. Mr Hand is also the manager of the Stipa Native Grasses Association, a not-for-profit farmer-led organisation that encourages the profitable manage- ment of native grasslands. He said holistic management was a decision-making framework that en- sured farming decisions were economi- cally, environmentally and socially sound. ‘‘If you haven’t got a grazing plan sorted out it can run off the rails,’’ Mr Hand said. At the workshop, farmers will learn how to reduce input costs and boost profits while improving the environ- ment. Mr Hand said planned grazing was low-cost and low-risk. ‘‘It regenerates grasses, eliminates animal health problems, improves ani- mal performance and increases pro- fits,’’ he said. Mr Hand said the holistic approach reduced weeds and regenerated grasses through grazing management rather than using herbicides or fertilisers. He said early warning monitoring was important so that new plans could be made before seasonal changes im- pacted on businesses. The workshop is part of NRM South’s Living Soils program, which combines on-farm trials, workshops and forums to promote the links between soil biology and soil carbon. The workshop demonstrates low- input land management techniques that build soil biology. NRM South local co-ordinator for the Huon Kerry Johnson said holistic management methods could be adapted to suit specific properties. ‘‘By better understanding and respond- ing to natural processes, we can reduce the use of chemicals to control weeds and pests and lessen the need for fertilisers and machinery,’’ he said. ‘‘This approach is good for the bottom line of farming, as well as the environment.’’ The Holistic Management Planned Grazing course will be held today and tomorrow at the Grove Research and Demonstration Station, Pages Rd, Grove. For details phone 0417 536 385 or email email@example.com Investing in the right fence posts is critical for the productivity and profitability of your most important asset – your property. Cheap imported posts may seem like a good deal up front, but they can break when installing, snap under stock pressure and corrode fence wire a lot faster, which means you’ll l ose money on the entire fence in the long run. Waratah GalStar MaxY® and Extreme® are the best investments for your property, because they are the only posts made from high-grade Australian steel and are hot dip galvanized for more consistent, reliable and long-term results. So next time you’re planning the future of your fencing assets, invest in the best Australian made fence posts - GalStar MaxY® and GalStar Extreme®. Visit our website at www.onesteelwaratah.com.au ®TMRegistered trademark of OneSteel Wire Pty Limited, Ingall Street, Mayfield, NSW 2304. ABN 59 000 010 873. ONE1403/TC Call us on 13 10 80 or read how other farmers have benefited from sound Waratah advice at www.onesteelwaratah.com.au
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