October 20, 2017
10:30 am – 3:00 pm
Buses running from Benalla (8:30 am) & Bendigo (9:00 am) with stops along the way.
Come and see first-hand how Sidonia Beef farmer Sam White is using Holistic Management principles to plan rotational grazing, improve soil health, grow more grass and boost animal performance.
Holistic Management works with nature, not against it. We will discuss planet and animal-friendly management techniques that lead to richer soil, improved water containment, nutrient-dense food, more successful farms and ranches, and thriving communities.
Come and be a part of this on-the-ground learning day, connect with others who care about a healthy food system and help strengthen your local communities. Because we all have a stake in the way our food is grown.
What to Expect
As well as a farm tour the day will include interactive sessions on the following topics:
- Tips and strategies for handling large mobs of cattle
- Assessing pasture growth and recovery
- Benefits of Holistic Management & planned grazing, including grazing plans and feed budgets
- Visual soil assessments
- Q&A session with innovative farmers using holistic management in a variety of agricultural enterprises.
Advanced registration is $20 per person (includes morning tea, lunch and bus travel).
Places are strictly limited. To apply please complete the Expression of Interest (EOI) Form available at www.gbcma.vic.gov.au. EOIs should be submitted by 10:00 am October 4, 2017.
This is a rain or shine event. We will be spending time out on the land, and boots or other enclosed protective footwear, as well as long pants, are recommended. Please bring your own water bottle.
|Friday||October 20, 2017|
|8:30/9:00 AM||Buses depart Benalla and Bendigo respectively, with pick-up points along the way.|
|10:30 AM||Morning tea on arrival at Sidonia Beef|
|10:45 AM||Welcome and introductions - Ashley Rogers, Goulburn Broken CMA|
|11:00 AM||Overview of the property & grazing practices - Sam White, Sidonia Beef|
|11:45 am||How to assess pasture growth & recovery - Brian Wehlburg, Holistic Management International Certified Educator, Inside Outside Management|
|1:00 PM||Panel discussion with innovative farmers using holistic management principles - Brian Wehlburg, Holistic Management International Certified Educator, Inside Outside Management|
|2:15 PM||Assessing the health of your soil|
|3:00 PM||Adjourn, buses depart - Darren Bain, North Central CMA|
|4:30/5:00 PM||Buses arrive back in Bendigo and Benalla respectively.|
Sam, along with his family, manages 2,000 acres of granite hill country just north of Kyneton. He runs Angus and Charolais beef cattle in one mob to reduce the time spent grazing paddocks, thus maximising pasture recovery. The family also runs a paddock to plate business, selling their beef directly to local customers, restaurants and butchers.
Brian Wehlburg, Certified Educator, Holistic Management International
Brian Wehlburg is the Director of Inside Outside Management and brings a wealth of experience in Holistic Management, having managed farms and delivered training programs in Africa and Australia. Brian was trained by Allan Savory, the founder of Holistic Management, and is a certified Holistic Management Educator. He currently produces pastured beef, pork and eggs on his property on the Mid North Coast of Australia.
Ashley Rogers is the Regional Landcare Facilitator for the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management (CMA) based in Benalla, Victoria. Her role involves supporting the efforts of farmers and community groups to discover, understand, trial and implement more sustainable farm management practices. This involves coordinating field days and training events; assisting with community grant programs; and distributing monthly newsletters and information updates. She also runs a beef enterprise with her husband in north east Victoria.
Darren is the Regional Landcare facilitator for the North Central Catchment Management Authority at Huntly. Darren has worked at the North Central CMA for seven years and has recently been appointed in to the Landcare position. He has a passion for sustainable agriculture and is keen to provide opportunities for farmers to participate in events and activities supporting sustainable agriculture. Holistic management is an area he wants to increase his skills and knowledge and share this information with farmers in the north central region.
This event is supported by funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme and Holistic Management International, hosted by Sidonia Beef in partnership with the Goulburn Broken CMA, North Central CMA and Inside Outside Management.