Growing the Grazing Revolution has been actively supporting landholder adoption of sustainable and regenerative grazing management practices since 2010. Initially a partnership with the former Lachlan Catchment Management Authority, the project aims to:
- Increase the number of vibrant healthy farms producing the best food and fibres.
- Support farmers to improve grazing management improve water use efficiency resulting in increased groundcover and feed availability, reducing erosion and salinity, increasing soil carbon and improving soil health
- Explore and support farming systems which have already demonstrated benefits in the Mid Lachlan Landcare district
- Focus on farming systems which deliver on financial, social and ecological outcomes
- Have a strong emphasis on sharing of experiences, expertise and information on farming systems
- Provide forums for local people to inform the future direction of Mid Lachlan Landcare
The project provides a peer learning environment through the formation of “Grazing Cluster Groups” which are small local area groups of producers that come together in a flexible learning environment to share information and support one another in transitioning to best practice management. In the Mid Lachlan Landcare district there is currently 70 landholders that belong to one of nine cluster groups with a further 130 landholders that are part of a wider network that receive varying levels of support.
Growing the Grazing Revolution employs a Project Officer who acts as a facilitator, providing resources and links to other networks, information sessions, property tours and field days with specialist speakers. The Project Officer is also a mentor, building confidence and providing encouragement and ideas.
In the past four years the project has demonstrated its success through landholder participation from both field day attendance and uptake of grazing management principles which have resulted in improvements in ground cover, soil health and water quality, influencing more than 50,000 ha of productive land. The project’s success can also be attributed to its inclusive nature, which harnesses local knowledge and experience. Growing the Grazing Revolution aims to improve businesses by keeping them viable, profitable and sustainable.
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