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Beyond the Bale : September 2013
SELLING MORE WOOL 36 ON-FARM For the first time, the results and recommendations from EverGraze research have been presented as regionally relevant information packages to help producers across the high rainfall zone of southern Australia manage their pasture and livestock systems. September 2013 BEYOND THE BALE FAST FACTS l A new EverGraze website has been launched that presents regionally- specific information about farming systems based on perennials, for producers across the high rainfall zone of southern Australia. l The EverGraze project has demonstrated that substantial increases in profitability can be achieved while improving environmental management. l The program has engaged over 14,000 farmers and advisors and achieved practice change on more than 4000 farms and at least 200,000ha. The new EverGraze website is now live at www.evergraze.com.au EverGraze regional packages for producers The information quantifies the productivity, economic, environmental, risk and lifestyle impacts of implementing changes on farm. The regional packages are available on the new EverGraze website (www. evergraze.com.au) and are a fitting legacy from the research carried out across six large-scale farm systems research sites (Proof Sites) and more than 60 on-farm demonstration sites in NSW, Victoria, WA, SA and Tasmania between 2004 and 2013. The new packages cover five regions: North West Slopes NSW; Central Tablelands NSW; North East Victoria, Southern NSW and South West Victoria (Upper); South West Victoria (Lower); and South Coast WA. Within the regional packages, information is provided according to each region’s soils, climate, pastures, livestock systems, and key production and environmental factors. Producers from other regions across the high rainfall zone of southern Australia will also find the tools and information useful. National EverGraze Project Leader, Kate Sargeant (DEPI Victoria), believes the website will be a fantastic legacy for EverGraze and a valuable resource for farmers in the years to come. “In developing the website, the team has concentrated on providing recommendations from EverGraze research and related projects, and we are still working on completing the story,” Kate said. “EverGraze has produced over 300 resources, including case studies, fact sheets, conference papers, research papers and newsletters, and all will become available as the website continues to be populated. “Importantly, relevant information from the previous website has been migrated to the new site so the whole EverGraze picture is presented. Also, information from new research will be incorporated over time, and packages for new regions will be developed.” More information: www.evergraze.com.au Kate Sargeant, National EverGraze Project Leader, Department of Environment and Primary Industries Victoria, (03) 5761 1598, firstname.lastname@example.org Regional Information about local soils, climate, pastures, livestock systems, environmental issues, livestock issues and benchmarks. Tools and calculators available on the site include the EverGraze products such as the Feed Budget and Rotation Planner and the Pasture Improvement Calculator, as well as relevant products from other programs such as Lifetimewool. Training and Events relevant to each region. Easy-to-read evidence-based recommendations for practice change options to address issues relevant to each of five regions: North West Slopes NSW Central Tablelands NSW North East Victoria, Southern NSW and South West Victoria (Upper) South West Victoria (Lower) South Coast WA Research provides research findings compiled into messages which explain what they mean to on-farm decision making, including analysis of costs and benefits to profit, risk management and environmental management. Demonstration and Case Studies from each region which tell the stories of how farmers have integrated EverGraze principles and practices into their management, and the resulting impact on their business. On Farm Options provides information on pasture species, grazing management, livestock systems, soils, feed budgeting and tactical management.