Juggling a profitable business with on-farm biodiversity

Gary Johnson on his property “Tulangi” Boorowa
Gary Johnson on his property “Tulangi” Boorowa

Mid Lachlan Landcare Grazing Group invites you to join them at Gary and Anne Johnson's property "Tulangi" at Boorowa as they examine the benefits of on-farm biodiversity and resilience building while maintaining a profitable business.

See and hear how using grazing management principles and grazing planning can achieve these goals.

Learn more about the Box Gum Grassy Woodland Stewardship Project and how it is gathering information to support landholders and conservation outcomes in critically endangered ecosystems.

Gary and Anne have been on “Tulangi” for the past 14 years and use holistic management principles to run their 1352 ha grazing property.

Their major focus is to maintain a landscape with healthy ground cover which helps “Tulangi” cope with extreme events like dry hot conditions, wet seasons, storms and fire.

Gary and Anne became involved in the Box Gum Grassy Woodland Stewardship Project four years ago and have placed 1074 ha of their property into this project. They have a great interest in understanding and appreciating the benefits of biodiversity on their farm while maintaining a profitable business.

Speakers at the workshop include David Lindenmayer, senior researcher at ANU and expert in on-farm conservation and biodiversity, Geoff Kay, Project Manager for the Environmental Stewardship Project and Gary Johnson, who will provide his own experiences and the positive aspects of being involved in the Stewardship Project.

David Lindenmayer is a Research Professor at the Fenner School of Environment and Society at the Australian National University where he has worked since 1992.

Since 1997 he has been part of a research team studying temperate woodlands of southern New South Wales, has published many books and papers and has been the recipient of national and international awards for his work on on-farm conservation and biodiversity monitoring. David leads the monitoring program for the Box Gum Grassy Woodlands Environmental Project which has over 150 sites across NSW and QLD.

This15 year project is gathering a wealth of ecological data which will support landholders and conservation outcomes in critically endangered ecosystems.

The monitoring also includes an experimental component examining various livestock grazing strategies.

The study will explore the impact different grazing mangement regimes have on biodiversity and soil and pasture condition to provide a more complete picture of the role grazing management plays in the conservation of the Box Gum Grassy Woodlands.

Also attending the field day is Geoff Kay, Project Manager for the Environmental Stewardship Project. Geoff designed and manages the ANU long-term grazing study.

The gathering is set for Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 12 noon to 5pm.

Please RSVP by Friday March 1.

Everyone is welcome, light refreshments will be provided.

For more information or to RSVP please contact Scott Hickman 0427 450 416 or email oatleigh@westnet.com.au

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