Paddock Between The Ears

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The Paddock Between the Ears - Leveraging social capital to build natural capital

The Hunter LLS Paddock Between the Ears program is jointly funded by the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund, supporting Hunter land managers to improve drought planning and farm production outcomes. The program focus is all about networking, sharing drought planning knowledge and practical experience, and together bringing a new can-do attitude to building drought resilience. Even a run of good seasons will not fade the memory of the impact of drought and bushfire across the region so now is the right time to focus on changes to adapt, set goals and better prepare for the inevitable dry times. The Paddock Between the Ears incorporates a range of initiatives: Eco-Action sites; Farm Makeover Incentive Program; Hayseeds mentor project; and Grazing management field days and workshops. Linking all these projects together will be the story-tellers, sharing their reality stories, tips and advice on Hunter LLS Facebook, YouTube and Poddy podcast channels, at events and in our Ag Extension newsletters. Share their journeys and join The Paddock Between the Ears community taking the first step towards boosting drought resilience, farm production and wellbeing outcomes.

Eco-Action Demonstration Sites

There are some great ideas around for building drought resilience in the farm landscape so we decided to demonstrate a range of small projects in the Hunter region inspired by the Australian National University’s Sustainable Farms program. Hunter LLS is establishing these Eco-Action sites on Travelling Stock Reserves and other hi-vis locations for land managers to see the results for themselves. Each accessible site will showcase a range of ‘do-able chunks’ for makeover projects that improve the health of farm water resources, wetlands, pastures, shade trees and shelter belts. Each Eco-Action site is designed to demonstrate ecosystem services in action, with each natural asset providing a natural system, filtering or cooling water, shading livestock or pastures, and in turn building resilience in the farm environment. We will record and share the progress of the drought planning, decision-making and site works as we fence and revegetate dams and wetlands, regenerate paddock trees, and install off-stream stock water systems. Each small project is designed to inspire land managers to explore the opportunities for their own farm makeover.


Farm Makeover Incentive Program

Hunter Local Land Services is supporting land managers to take the first step towards building drought resilience on their farms. The Agricultural Extension team is delivering a Farm Makeover Incentive Program as part of The Paddock Between the Ears Project. The aim is to show landholders through one small decision to makeover a natural resource on their farm, they can improve drought planning and farm production outcomes.

Landholders can apply for Farm Makeover grants to help fund a small project or ‘doable chunk’ to improve a natural resource asset on their farm.


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