Several of the presenters at a recent HMI Open Gate in Australia were interviewed by Kallee Buchanan for Queensland Country Hour, resulting in two articles and radio interviews on ABC.net.au.
Holistic Management Certified Educator Jason Virtue was recorded teaching a hands-on forage assessment exercise at Glenrock Farm Day, and further explains holistic planned grazing.
“We actively decide as the farmer where the cows are going to be in the landscape, how long they’re going to be there and what they’re going to do in the landscape while they’re there,” he said. “It’s not a case of just lock them in and say, ‘right-oh girls, see you in six months’, it’s a case of being actively, physically there with them on a regular basis…” – Jason Virtue
Jeff and Sue Trott, area graziers who also presented at the Open Gate, share how practicing Holistic Management has improved both the health of their land and their finances.
“Part of the training is you do a big budget looking at your finances and honestly, for us, that was quite an eye-opener… I probably could have cried looking at where we were before we started this. However, the changes we’ve made just in the last 18 months financially we can see that we’re going forward and we’re looking to the future.” – Sue Trott
Read and listen here: link to full article and radio interview
Kylie Carr also presented at the Glenrock Farm Day. She and her husband Mick live in Brisbane, and commute to their farm each weekend to care for their livestock. In the following article and radio interview, they share their family’s experiences as weekend farmers, and how they are creating the quality of life they desire using Holistic Management.
Mick Carr said he felt the farm allowed him to make a difference in the environment and food production. “You can see the difference in our property from when we first bought it to what it is now,” he said. “You take pride in the cattle that you produce and the quality of the food that comes from those cattle. “So it’s about having that connection and seeing the value or the change you bring about in the landscape.”
Click here for the full article: link to “Weekend Farmer” article and radio interview