|Boorowa farmers, David Marsh and Charlie Arnott, are weathering the long dry spell much better than they did in 1982/3. This is despite 2018 being one of the driest years on record across much of New South Wales.
Both credit regenerative agriculture, and the ability to always match the stocking rate to the dynamic carrying capacity of their land to vastly different outcomes than in the past. Even in this long dry spell (September 2017-to the present), using planned grazing has led to high ground cover, people with low levels of anxiety and farm businesses that have been profitable due to the low costs of running a farm on regenerative lines. (No feed costs).
David also believes that the support provided by Local Landcare Coordinators is fundamental to community resilience especially during these hard times.
Boorowa Community Landcare Group Local Landcare Coordinator Linda Cavanagh said part of their role has been to meet farmers wherever they are in their regenerative farming journey and provide support where needed.
“We meet people at their level and encourage them to make some changes on their properties and the way that they do their grazing management,” Ms Cavanagh said.
David and Charlie were recently recognised for their work as part of the National Landcare Awards with David Marsh awarded the 2018 Australian Government Individual Landcarer Award and Charlie Arnott the recipient of the 2018 Bob Hawke Landcare Award.
Read more about David and Charlie in the recent ABC Rural article here.