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Beyond the Bale : Jun 07 - Jul 07 Supplement
By Mike Wagg program manager, Land,Water & Wool Probably the biggest message to emerge from Land, Water & Wool is that improved land and water resource management can result in a healthier environment and more money for woolgrowers. Land, Water & Wool found that sheep farmers can play an important role in the sustainable management of Australian landscapes by: ú enhancing the biodiversity of native pastures; ú improving the overall return on investment in rehabilitating damaged or degraded landscapes, such as saline scalds; and ú benefiting whole-farm production (sheltering sheep and pastures) and the environment (providing shade and habitat for aquatic and terrestrial fauna). These outcomes rely on controlling the timing, duration, intensity and frequency of grazing to ensure it works with the environment as well as the grazing enterprise. Whether they are managing saltland pasture, riparian land or native pastures in the high-rainfall or pastoral country, successful woolgrowers are essentially good land managers that have: ú a well thought-out property plan, carefully matched to the farming system and land capability; ú well-placed fencing and watering points that ser ve multiple needs; and ú a good fit between the grazing of less arable lands and other activities on the property. Good land management can result in increased productivity, improved 'whole-of-farm' performance, enhanced local and catchment environments and additional habitats for native fauna populations (including beneficial insects and birds), and can boost woolgrower pride and social wellbeing. Land, Water & Wool also looked into the future with the unique Future Woolscapes sub- program. Growers and technical experts explored likely changes in technology, markets and industry structure over the next 25 years, resulting in four possible scenarios based on emerging trends and issues. Australia's woolgrowers will continue to make changes in the way they manage their natural resources. Land, Water & Wool has focused on finding management actions that benefit both environmental health and a business's bottom line, resulting in the new management resource Managing for Sustainable Profit. I encourage you to include Managing for Sustainable Profit and its key findings in your decision-making in the future. ú For instructions on how to order your free copy of Land, Water & Wool -- Managing for Sustainable Profit -- see back page or visit www.landwaterwool.gov.au WOOL PRODUCTION AND OUR NATURAL ENVIRONMENT Genesis of Land, Water & Wool Land,Water & Wool is a collaboration between AWI, Land & Water Australia and 39 other research, educational and extension partners. It comprises six major areas of research and development based around some of the major issues facing sustainable wool production: ú Sustainable Grazing on Saline Lands (SGSL); ú Native Vegetation and Biodiversity; ú Rivers and Water Quality; ú Managing Climate Variability; ú Managing Pastoral Country; and ú Future Woolscapes. The program invested $20 million of AWI funding, and $20 million from contributing partners, into targeted research and extension activities, underpinned by Land & Water Australia's significant research investment in natural resource management over the past 10 years. Mike Wagg: improved land and water resource management can result in bigger returns for woolgrowers. of woolgrowers and their advisers.The repor t outlines the key findings and implications from the program as well as providing clear links to relevant products and more information. This Beyond the Bale supplement looks at what Land, Water & Wool discovered, and how its research findings can help you manage your wool business for sustainable profit. LAND,WATER & WOOL SUPPLEMENT BEYOND THE BALE 3 SHIFTING BASELINES: how wool can be the environmental leader By James Street Walcha, NSW, woolgrower and member of the Sustainable Wool Advisory Group Politicians, entrepreneurs, farmers, scientists and a few popular luminaries are vigorously debating the future of our national and global natural resources. Over the five years that Land,Water & Wool has operated, topics such as native vegetation regulation, climate change, carbon sequestration, water restrictions, drought, global warming and desalination plants have commanded front and centre stage. Clearly communities are becoming concerned about how industries such as agriculture impact on our natural environment. Land,Water & Wool has given many wool producers the confidence to have a go at improving the natural environment on their property: we have aimed to get producers to think of themselves as environmental business managers and consider environmental implications in all their business decisions. The program has worked hard to get wool producers and their families to think about 'their' environment and not just about 'the' environment. We can all do something to make a difference -- wool producers really do have a duty of care in this matter to look after and enhance the resource base. James Street: "We have aimed to get producers to think of themselves as environmental business managers." PHOTO: CURRIE COMMUNICATIONS
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