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TAS Country : March 29th 2012
14 Tasmanian Country Friday, March 30, 2012 The Stock Report Techniques Another handy tool has been added to the kit for farmers to consider. Roger Hanson reports. THE NRM South (Natural Resource Management) held holistic grazing field days in the Tasman/Sorell, upper Derwent Valley and Huon Valley. Hosting the field day at his property Glenelg, north of Gretna, in the upper Derwent Valley, Charles Downie said there were many tools out there for farmers to trial. ''It's just a matter of working out which one works for you,'' Mr Downie said. Tasmanian trials have been set up on five farms in the Southern region to monitor changes in pastures from traditional grazing management to holistic management planned grazing principles. Holistic or planned grazing provides a means to improve soil health, ground cover, pasture composition and productivity. A two-day training seminar will be held on April 16 and 17 at Pontville. Now with 12 months of grazing trials, NRM South has site-specific results, including increases in soil organic carbon, perennial grass cover and increased water-holding capacity. Stipa Native Grasses Association chief executive and beef farmer Graeme Hand, from southwest Victoria, Dr Kerry Bridle from the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA) and Dr Magali Wright from NRM South were guest speakers at the field days. Mr Hand has been visiting Tasmania and assisting with the trial for the past three years. ''I have been training people in Victoria and NSW and now Tasmania,'' Mr Hand said. He is teaching how to regenerate pastures and grasslands by using grazing animals. ''This technique can save farmers money,'' he said. ''This grazing regime reduces the need for external inputs, leading to an increase in profits. ''The time is right to explore disconnecting from fossil fuel inputs as their price is continuing to rise. The trial results are very encouraging and the trend is positive with improvements in both soils and pastures.'' Planned grazing is a structured way of using animals to regenerate pasture and grassland, and to improve soil health and grazing profitability. ''This grazing regime can improve land function, for example resist erosion, infiltrate water and cycle nutrients,'' Mr Hand said. For the trials, small paddocks were used to allow maximum animal impact without affecting the running of the farms. The sites will be resurveyed in spring and summer 2015 and 2017 to look at changes in pasture composition, land- scape function, soil nutrients and soil biology. The keys to improving land function are to have the soil surface covered with either perennial grasses or litter (that is decomposing or composting). Holistic management is based on a decision-making framework which results in ecologically regenerative, economically viable and socially sound management of the world's grasslands. It was first developed more than 40 years ago by Allan Savory, a Zimbabwean biologist, game ranger, politician, farmer, and rancher, who was searching for ways to save the savannah and its wildlife in southern Africa. Holistic management planned grazing makes use of the movement and behaviour of the grazing animals to regenerate pastures and grassland. Strong competition for calves market TALK Richard Bailey THE third of the Powran- na weaner calf sales was held last Thursday with Roberts holding their second sale of the season. The quality was excel- lent with most, particu- larly the younger calves, showing good fresh con- dition. Competition was strong with steers calves being fully firm and heifers $30 to $50/head dearer than the first sale. The heaviest steers made $785 to $920, me- dium weights $720 to $810, light $550 to $730 and very small $535 to $570/head. Best heifers made $740 to $785, medium weights $625 to $670 and light $455 to $635/head. Interstate buyers bought heifers but only a few pens of steers with most of these going to North West Coast and Northern finishers and backgrounders. These prices although not as high as last year are still good and it still shows that there is some good confidence in the beef industry. Export cattle prices were a bit cheaper during the week after last week's very firm saleyard prices. It will be interesting to see where these prices go over the next few weeks. particularly cow prices as many calves are being weaned and pregnancy testing done and there- fore there should be more cows on the market both in the yards and direct to works. Over-the-hooks cow prices are good at the moment as are the saleyard quotes. It ap- pears that lack of supply has been driving the bull- ock prices of late and it is hard to see that changing dramatically over the next few months. Lamb prices appear to have stabilised, although they have been erratic over the past couple of months. There were 10,081 lambs killed in Tasmania last week which is 67 per cent over the same week last year. To put this perspective most recent weeks the kill has been between 7500 and 8000 and the last time we got over 10,000 was the mid- dle week in January when the kill figure was 10,608 and that was the highest figure since July 2009. On top of these figures Australian Lamb Co. buy lambs here to be killed in Melbourne plus another three meat companies buy lambs live here and process in Melbourne. To add to this interstate buyers have bought some big numbers of store lambs over the past cou- ple of months. Oustanding effort recognised From Page 5 and the constant activities that had attracted her to the organisation. ''When I went along to meetings one of the first things I noticed was that everyone was friendly, whether you were new or not,'' she said. ''They were always doing something . . . once I started I just didn't look back.'' Through her time with Rural Youth Mrs Coad has held a number of different positions and has been extensively involved with the Agfest committee. She said as well as having plenty of fun, Rural Youth had also helped her de- velop some valuable skills. ''Before I became in- volved with Rural Youth, I had no idea how to take meeting minutes or to do treasurer stuff, apart from my own finances,'' she said. ''It does give you a lot of opportunities when it comes to employment, es- pecially with Agfest be- cause if you can put on your resume that you have experience dealing with the media and promotions or managing a team of 200 plus people, that's some- thing potential employers are pretty impressed with.'' Mrs Coad said it was not until she sat down and listed all her different roles with the organisation that she realised how busy she had been. ''I think the application is supposed to be about two pages long and mine was six,sothatwasabitofa surprise,'' she said. 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