Carnamah Landcare Field Walk a great success

Farming properties around Carnamah were the centre of attention recently when about 20 people from all over the Northern Agricultural Region turned-up for the Carnamah Landcare field walk and bus tour earlier this month.

Participants got to see first-hand what local farmers have been doing to try to address such issues as salinity, water-logging, and soil degradation, and to discuss a range of topics including fodder-plant options and salt-land revegetation.

Farm tour participants visit a NACC-funded demonstration site, where they heard Ian Pullbrook discuss the native trees and shrubs planted on the site as fodder.
Farm tour participants visit a NACC-funded demonstration site, where they heard Ian Pullbrook discuss the native trees and shrubs planted on the site as fodder.

 

The day began with a visit to Brendon Haeusler’s property where participants discussed the use of native plants as fodder as a part of a project funded through NACC’s Farm Demonstrations project and made possible by funding through the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.

“It was great to see the trial-work being done on the farm,” said NACC Sustainable Agriculture Project Manager Callum Love. “And we got to see first-hand how well the site has been implemented and the potential for significant positive outcomes.”

The next stop was a visit to a biodiversity revegetation site on Peter and Paulina Wittwer’s farm, which was accompanied by a fantastic home-made morning tea.

The tour group then moved-on to Adam Thomas’s property, where they took the opportunity to inspect and discuss Tedera, a perennial legume that is being trialled and grown under contract to produce commercial seed. It is apparently planned to be made available for wider use in 2018/19.

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