Grazing project open to Lower Blackwood farmers

Farmer and grazing management expert Graeme Hand will lead a Regenerative Grazing workshop and individual consultations for Lower Blackwood farmers.
Farmer and grazing management expert Graeme Hand will lead a Regenerative Grazing workshop and individual consultations for Lower Blackwood farmers.

The Lower Blackwood Land Conservation District Committee (LCDC) has announced that their latest Regenerative Agriculture project is now open to Lower Blackwood farmers.

The new project focuses on Regenerative Grazing Management - a structured way of using livestock to improve the long-term health, biodiversity and resilience of pastures - building organic matter and soil health in the process.

Healthier soils sequester more carbon, support better nutrient cycling and have improved water holding capacity.

"Regenerative grazing has the potential to not only increase soil health and improve the land's resilience to climate variability but also promotes pasture productivity and can reduce input costs in the long term," explained LCDC executive officer Jo Wren.

The project will include a practical workshop and individual grazing planning consultations with farmer and grazing management expert Graeme Hand, and a comprehensive resource tool box, including on-ground grazing packs and support information.

"Although the project workshop and farm consultations are not scheduled until February next year, each project participant will need to reserve a small area of land from now till then in preparation," Ms Wren said.

"That means we need farmers to apply right now - get in quick though as there are only 10 funded places," she said.

Supporting agricultural transition to regenerative farming was a key recommendation out of the Augusta Margaret River Climate Action Summit, with the project being approved for funding under the Shire of Augusta Margaret River's Environmental Management Fund.

For full information on the project and how to apply go to the Lower Blackwood LCDC website www.lowerblackwood.com.au/regen-grazing-management or contact Jo Wren via joanna.wren@lowerblackwood.com.au / 0408 584 006.