Grazing for Drought

Increasing Drought Resilience Using Adaptive Planned Grazing

BULLETIN

If you would like further information about the project, or to register for discounted training or a Safe to Fail trial, please get in touch with us. Email: grazingfordrought@watershedlandcare.com.au

Graeme Hand has kindly made available a copy of his Adaptive Planned Grazing workshop presentation as well as some videos which you can access via the following links,

Designing Regenerative Grazing That Works in Practice – copy of slides presented at Adaptive Planned Grazing workshops held 15-17 March 2022

Grazing at Neringla – 2 min video on rapidly improving landscape function

Benjamin Safe to Fail Trials – 1 min video showing paddock recovery post-grazing

ABOUT THE PROJECT

This project is supported by Watershed Landcare Inc in collaboration with Central Tablelands Landcare, through funding from the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund. 

We are encouraging people who graze livestock to learn about Adaptive Planned Grazing because it helps plan for, survive, and recover from drought.

What is Adaptive Planned Grazing? Read More

What does the Grazing 4 Drought project involve? Read More

Site Visits & Safe to Fail Trials

What’s in it for me?

The Safe to Fail trial (S2F) will allow you to observe and measure the benefits of APG in a low-risk way, allowing you to learn and gather experience before deciding if you want to implement on a larger scale. We will provide guidance and mentorship during this process.

This is a funded project and there is some money allocated to each participant to cover costs.

When is the safe to Fail Trials & Site Visits proposed?

S2F trials for the project need to be completed by the end of October 2022. We are flexible with timing and would like to set a time to meet that works for you. Please get in touch if you want to get started with this.

What is a Safe to fail Trial? Read More

Training with HM & RCS

RCS & HM are recognised trainers in grazing management, one or the other may interest you. A lot of graziers will do both courses and adapt their new knowledge to fit their own situation.

The project allows you to access training through RCS and/or HM at a discounted rate*. In addition to this, we will be reimbursing participants $350 each on their fees.

When is training available?

RCS Grazing Clinic in Yass on 3 – 5 May

RCS Grazing for Profit School in Dubbo on 22 – 28 June

A Holistic Management Grazing Clinic with Brian Wehlberg is also planned for 7-9 June. For more information or to register please email: grazingfordrought@watershedlandcare.com.au

RCS www.rcsaustralia.com.au

HM holisticmanagement.org

*Through this project you can receive a discount on the marketed price of the training. Please get in touch with your preferred course and dates and we will arrange the discount for you.

Group Workshops

The purpose of the workshops was to bring people together in their local areas and serve as a launch event for the project and new the Grazing Groups. We invited local farmers who manage livestock, local mentors and experienced grazing trainers to share an introduction to Adaptive Planned Grazing and building drought resilience.

The workshops were open to large- and small-scale graziers. Participants had the opportunity to meet experienced managers doing Adaptive Planned Grazing, hear how it can help you manage drought and see the results on-farm. The focus was on learning how to:

  • Estimate how much feed you have left on pasture
  • Adjust stock numbers before stock prices crash
  • Allow your land to bounce back faster after drought

Rylstone Wednesday 11 August 2021

Gulgong Tuesday 15 March 2022

Bathurst Wednesday 16 March 2022

Stuart Town Thursday 17 March 2022

Ongoing Support on ‘Grazing Groups’

There will be 3 new Grazing Groups formed in the areas of the project (Gulgong, Rylstone, Bathurst and Stuart Town areas). Members will meet on an ongoing basis to give peer support, learn from each other and discuss ideas, successes and failures. The groups will be supported after the completion of the project.

The groups form a Community of Practice (CoP)

  • Domain: A domain of knowledge creates common ground, inspires members to participate, guides their learning and gives meaning to their actions.
  • Community: The notion of a community creates the social fabric for that learning. A strong community fosters interactions and encourages a willingness to share ideas.
  • Practice: While the domain provides the general area of interest for the community, the practice is the specific focus around which the community develops, shares and maintains its core of knowledge.

This project received funding from the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund

community of practice (CoP) is a group of people who “share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly”.

A CoP can evolve naturally because of the members’ common interest in a particular domain or area, or it can be created deliberately with the goal of gaining knowledge related to a specific field. It is through the process of sharing information and experiences with the group that members learn from each other, and have an opportunity to develop personally and professionally.