here), it says:
study commissioned by the Federal Department of Environment found that
regenerative management practices "have the potential to increase the
health of Australia's grassy woodlands and at the same time improve
financial and farmer wellbeing".
Fifteen years ago,
reeling from the effects of the Millennium drought, Charlie Arnott
attended a workshop on regenerative agriculture that radically changed
the way he farmed and, he believes, saved his life.
had been farming conventionally using pesticides, herbicides and
fertilizers, but the course taught him how to partner with nature
instead of trying to control it.
It has turned around
his farm's capacity to deal with drought and he currently has plenty of
water and grass for his livestock even as the drought intensifies.
haven't fed for 15 years [because] we measure how much grass we have,
we know how many animals we have to eat that grass and a very simple
calculation gives us the amount of time that that grass is available
before it runs out," Mr Arnott said.
Another farmer in
Boorowa, David Marsh, began his journey into regenerative agriculture in
the 1980s, after a drought brought him to the edge of ruin.
"In that time you couldn't give sheep away and I promised I wouldn't do that again."
began adopting regenerative practices in 1999, increasing the amount of
native vegetation and tree coverage on his property from just 3 per
cent to 20 per cent.
He believes trees and native
grasses are fundamentally important to farming because they capture
carbon from the atmosphere and their deep-rooted systems recycle
nutrients from the soil.
The other key change he made
was to switch from a "set stocking" rate to planning grazing according
to what the landscape could support.
He has a mob of
more than 300 cattle, many with calves at foot, and he grazes them in
small areas, leaving most of the farm free of animals so it can recover.
"We've got over 100 paddocks and [the cattle] are gradually moving around the place through all those paddocks.
If conditions are dry he destocks.
guess in the past, we were trying to run fixed enterprises in an
incredibly variable climate and you can do that, but a lot of the time
you're going to be spending a lot of money [on feed]," Mr Marsh said.
Like Charlie Arnott he matches his livestock numbers to the amount of feed he has.
Read the whole thing here, see great before and after pictures, and watch the video: Regenerative agriculture finds solid backing as decades of success show renewal.