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Beyond the Bale : Jun 07 - Jul 07 Supplement
Native species breed success Tony and Janet Gall, of 'Wilson's Creek' in the New England Tablelands of NSW, are members of the Australian Superfine Woolgrowers Association.They say a lot of the success of their fine wool is due to the native species across the country, in particular Microlaena. "These species are the survivors and they must be nurtured," Tony says. "Overgrazing and over-fertilising these species creates a risk of reducing their balance.Their ability to grow high- tensile strength, bright, stylish superfine wools in this cooler-climate New England region cannot be underestimated. "My most important message is that we must learn to appreciate the environment. We are so lucky, but we must aim to leave the country in better shape than we inherited it." Tony and Janet Gall of 'Wilson's Creek' in the New England Tablelands of NSW. PHOTO: NICK REID Collars get tongues wagging about trees Victorian farm dogs operating in hill country are keeping tongues wagging about the benefits of biodiversity and native vegetation. A free dog collar and brochure were developed for woolgrowers (modelled above by two of Victorian woolgrower Debbie Shea's faithful working dogs) to spread the word about the 'Farm businesses, wool production and biodiversity' project, which showed: ú deferred grazing of hill country over summer months can improve stocking rates and profits; ú whole-farm planning allows wool profits and native vegetation management to be improved on different parts of the farm at the same time, by either correcting soil nutrient deficiencies or intensive rotational grazing; and ú establishing stock shelter through natural regeneration is relatively cheap and can increase farm profits in the long run. 'health check' developed by woolgrowers and researchers in the Traprock region of ueensland enables woolgrowers to collectively or individually monitor their farm's environmental performance. In Tasmania, a template was developed for a biodiversity management plan. It includes the specific management requirements of the native vegetation species and habitats found on the farm, as well as considering the property's production and the needs and goals of its managers. Both the Traprock and Tasmanian products have the potential to be adapted for accreditation purposes. To further improve grazing management, the Quickchecks manual has been developed to provide woolgrowers with a step-by-step approach to determining the condition of native vegetation, biodiversity and river health on their farm, as well as choosing management options that maintain or improve that condition and meet their goals for the property. ú More information: See back page for Land,Water & Wool Native Vegetation and Biodiversity sub-program publications, and see www.landwaterwool.gov.au for more resources. 9 NATIVE VEGETATION AND BIODIVERSITY PHOTO: CURRIE COMMUNICATIONS
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