On the ground: real examples
Across NSW there are many examples of landholders managing their land under the Land Management Framework. The following case studies highlight some of those who have worked with us to achieve their aims.
Rennylea Angus is a family run Angus cattle stud in southern NSW. Rennylea Angus needed to drought-proof the enterprise and ensure it remained profitable and sustainable through dry times.
The enterprise has used the Land Management Code to facilitate the installation of the new irrigation system for efficient and reliable production of home-grown fodder.
Moxey Farms in the central west of NSW is investing over $50 million dollars to support continued growth and innovation including installation of a new pivot irrigation system which required removal of isolated paddock trees.
Approval was provided through the Farm Plan section of the Land Management (Native Vegetation) Code.
Coolringdon is a grazing property with links to the earliest settlement of the Monaro district around the 1830s. Management needed advice on groundcover treatment within the legislative framework.
Help from Local Land Services gave Coolringdon management the clarity it needed to proceed with its plan to establish a greater area of improved pasture to achieve the desired production levels.
Nerinderjeet (known as Nick) bought the property on the mid north coast four years with the specific intention of getting into new berry varieties.
Using the Land Management Framework, he will diversify his operation while actively managing a set aside or conservation area.
Summerland House Farm is a disability service enterprise on the north coast that includes a working farm. During planning for expanded avocado production an endangered Rosewood mistletoe species was identified.
A win-win solution was found under the Land Management Code that allowed for production and conservation outcomes.
Junjira is in the Capertee Valley which is one of three breeding areas used by the critically endangered Regent honeyeater, a small woodland bird once common across eastern Australia. Junjira is one of the properties that is part of a project to enhance and restore habitat for the species.
However some of the revegetation areas had grown too densely and are being thinned under the Land Management Code to improve the quality of the habitat area.
Wyoming is a mixed enterprise at North Star in north-west NSW. Management of Wyoming wanted to reorganise the property to improve profitability and environmental outcomes.
Local Land Services worked with management to approve a Farm Plan Code certificate under the Land Management Code which allowed both outcomes to be achieved.
Bellenbar is a large property near Fords Bridge in far west NSW. It has significantly reduced agricultural productivity and profitability due ot the dominance of invasive native species, resulting from limited native grass growth.
Under the Land Management Code, the invasive species will be gradually removed and rotational grazing of goats to help ensure the former scrub dominated areas are maintained as natural grassy open woodland.
Wilgo is a dairy farm that has been owned by the Salway family since the 1870s. It is run by Aaron Salway, who is the sixth generation on the land and his wife Emma Ringland who is also a fifth generation dairy farmer.
They used the Land Management Code to open up new areas of pasture and control invasive native species in order to make the property more viable in the long term and reduce the need for agistment in dry times.
Strathalynne is a grazing property that has been in the Chaffey family's hands since the 1950s. In recent decades the shrubby woodland has been regrowing, reducing the farm's carrying capacity and particularly affecting a sheltered area which acts as the property's main breeding paddock.
Based on historical records, approval has been given under the Land Management Code's Continuing Use section to thin that area to encourage native pasture growth.
Kristian and his family are fulfilling a dream to be sustainable primary producers in the Northern Rivers. Their newly purchased property needs a lot of work to get it to a productive and environmentally healthy state.
The family is using tools under the Land Management Code as well as Private Native Forestry to develop an integrated operation, while working with the natural environment.
Tocal Agricultural College has used the new Land Management (Native Vegetation) Code to make important safety upgrades to its irrigation regime.
Tocal College, in the NSW Hunter Valley, operates as an accredited agricultural college model farm, running workshops and field days showing dairy innovations.
Pindari Plains is a 280 hectare property in the central west. Home to a significant community of Grassy White Box Woodlands, which is an Endangered Ecological Community,
John and Sue Middenway are using the Land Management Framework to remove invasive cypress and bring the farm back into full production while helping protect and enhance biodiversity.
Glenreagh is located near Glen Innes in the lower altitude sections of the New England Tablelands. It is one of two properties run by Jim and Yvonne Benton who have been farming in the region for over 35 years.
The Land Management Framework is giving the Bentons options to sustain their cattle operations through dry times.
Elizabeth Farm is a beef producing enterprise on the south coast. Low lying areas of the property are prone to flooding and the presence of feral pests and weeds has impacted areas of the farm.
The Land Management Framework is providing the landholders the opportunity to flood-prone flat areas while actively managing a set aside to reduce pests and weed impacts.
Westwood is a cattle grazing property on the NSW Northern Tablelands run by Richard Ogilvie, his wife and two sons. It forms part of an enterprise that includes the Te Angie Hereford stud.
Using three parts of the Land Management Code on Westwood, their business is able to be more profitable and productive while ensuring endangered ecological communities are protected.
Northern Rivers Farms
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