On the ground: real examples
Sustainable Land Management at Moxey Farms
The new land management framework has given one of Australia’s largest dairy the confidence to invest for future generation and growth.
Moxey Farms in the central west of NSW is investing over $50 million dollars to support continued growth and innovation including installation of a new pivot irrigation system which required removal of isolated paddock trees. Approval was provided through the Farm Plan section of the Land Management (Native Vegetation) Code.
“So far the legislation has been good, its provided the flexibility we’ve needed to move forward with some pretty significant projects. Compared to the old legislation, the opportunities that exist with the new regime has allowed us to be a bit more creative around how we set the farm out. I think it opens up the doors to the types of irrigation infrastructure we can put in.”
- Quentin Moxey, General Manager, Moxey Farms.
Sustainable Land Management at Tocal College
Tocal College, in the NSW Hunter Valley operates as an accredited agricultural college model farm, running workshops and field days showing dairy innovations.
A new pivot irrigation system at Tocal has replaced 37ha of bike shift irrigation which has led to improved pasture growth, efficiency gains in water and energy use and improved safety and working conditions for staff and students.
Approval to clear paddock trees was provided under the equity code in the new land management (native vegetation) code which enables the removal of certain native vegetation from small areas in exchange for set aside areas.
“This new system has been much more flexible for us, it’s allowed us to do what we think is best for our farm business. With help and advice from the Local Land Services it has been a really an easy system to work in.”
- Darren Bayley, Principal, Tocal College
Sustainable Land Management at Glenreagh
Glenreagh a cattle enterprise near Glen Innes on the Northern Tablelands. It is one of two properties run by Jim and Yvonne Benton who have been farming in the region for over 35 years.
The Bentons are using a mosaic thinning approach through the pasture expansion section of the Land Management (Native Vegetation) Code to open up new grazing areas to help them remain sustainable during dry times.
“In the past we had a standard procedure, when it got dry we put cattle on the road, in long paddock and when it rained again we came back. Hopefully the work we are doing now will allow us to handle those dry times.”
- Jim Benton, cattle producer and board member, Northern Tablelands Local Land Services.