Healthy Soils, Productive Pastures

The Healthy Soils, Productive Pastures project is funded under the Federal Government's National Landcare Program and aims to increase awareness and adoption of best practice land management to help improve and protect the condition of soil, biodiversity and vegetation.

This four year project will undertake the following activities:

  • Provide incentive funding for landholders to undertake on-ground projects on their property
  • Field trials at the LLS Demonstration farm in Richmond
  • Field days and demonstration days to showcase best land management practices
  • Workshops on various topics such as pastures and soil health

This project will assist landholders in their agricultural production through a combination of activities that focus on improving soil health, pasture condition, native vegetation and biodiversity on-farm while reducing soil erosion.

Soils videos

Soils Analysis video

Soil testing video

Incentive projects

***PLEASE  NOTE the next round of $10,000 grants are now available, for full details visit this link***

Incentive funding allows landholders to undertake on-ground projects to enhance soil health, improve grazing management and groundcover, as well to protect vegetation and biodiversity on their property.

Read below case studies about current incentive projects detailing the activities these landholders are undertaking as part of their on-ground project.

Incentive projects case study 2020 PDF, 1451.72 KB

Incentive projects case study 2021 PDF, 248.77 KB

If you are interested in applying for a grant, please contact Linda Hanlon on 0400 454 680 or via email


The pasture trial commenced in September 2019 where new pastures were established. This rolling trial has since developed, demonstrating different phases and treatments undertaken in this trial.

To read about how this trial was first established, please click on the following case study:

Pasture trial case study 2020 PDF, 415.38 KB

To read a summary of how this trial has developed over time, please click on the following case study:

Pasture trial case study 2021 PDF, 286.97 KB

To read seasonal updates about this rolling pasture trial, please click on:

Snapshot report of pasture trial
PDF, 1467.17 KB

Keep a watch for a series of videos that will be produced to show the full journey of this pasture trial.

Field days and demonstrations

Read more about the field day and demonstrations that have been undertaken in this project via the following link:

Field days and demonstrations PDF, 887.5 KB

Pasture sowing field day September 2019

Soil testing demonstrations 2021


To date two workshops have been delivered on the topic of pastures and groundcover at three different locations in the Greater Sydney region. Read more about these workshops via the following link: Workshops PDF, 384.07 KB

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Making Sense of Soil Tests workshop that was planned for July 2021, has been rescheduled early March 2022. To register for this workshop as well as to stay up-to-date for any changes to our events during this period, please go to our events page.

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