Farmers are guiding the way  

Pithara farmer Gary Butcher is a recipient of a NRM Farm Guide.
Pithara farmer Gary Butcher is a recipient of a NRM Farm Guide.

Feedback from farmers using the Northern Agricultural Catchments Council’s NRM Farm Guides has been positive, with a number of participants agreeing that the guides have become a valuable tool in farm management.

Mr Batten discovered he was able to receive advice and assistance towards NRM activities that he previously would not have received from an agronomist.

“The process took very little of my time and I learnt about revegetation practises so hopefully I will have more success with rehabilitation down the track,” Mr Batten said.

As well as the information in the report, Mr Batten said he was really impressed with the farm maps.

“The maps were of a high standard and mapping out problem areas has helped me think about the property more holistically.”

NACC NRM Officer Heather Legge said she was very pleased to see the team’s hard work resulting in real impacts on the ground.

“It is really rewarding to see farmers start to put the NRM Farm Guide process into practise,” she said.

Pithara farmer Gary Butcher is another recipient of a NRM Farm Guide and said he was also very happy with the process.

“Farm plans are reflective documents that give us the opportunity to summarise and look back on everything we have achieved,” he said.

“You don’t always look at the whole picture and talk about everything that has been done, but it is a chance to remember that it is all worth it.”

Mr Butcher said he thinks the documents will be very useful particularly to people just starting out with a challenging property, who are feeling overwhelmed by everything they have to do.

“If you work at something a little bit at a time, all of a sudden you find that you’ve completed a lot,” he said.

“Having a Guide will help encourage people to start working on improved farm management because that’s how you start anything, especially a big project.

“For me, making the farm plan was a chance to remind myself that I started out with this property in the early 70s and since then I have actually achieved a lot, just by taking small steps in the right direction. It is really good and I am glad to have done a farm plan.”

For more information please contact NACC’s Sustainable Agriculture Coordinator Sally Fenner at [email protected] or 9938 0125.

This project is supported by the Northern Agricultural Catchments Council through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.

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