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News Update

June 2013

Bio-dynamics Field Day, 20th of June


After two seasons of Biodynamic applications and soil testing the Leschenault Catchment Council  are holding field days at each of eight participating properties to present details of the outcomes in terms of soil improvements and to discuss details for sustainable agriculture in a drying climate.

9.00am: Rex’s grazing and cropping property “Westendale” at Beaufort Rd, Wagin (west) (2½kms east of Albany Hwy): Lunch provided

Other field day locations and dates can be found here

RSPV: To Sarah Forrest at LCC on 9726 4144 or
by 4 days prior to the selected field day
For further details contact Kevin Martin on 9795 8762 or


Talking to the fungi

Not you!, unless you want to, but plants.

Plants can communicate the onset of an attack from aphids by making use of an underground network of fungi, researchers have found.

Instances of plant communication through the air have been documented, in which chemicals emitted by a damaged plant can be picked up by a neighbour.

But below ground, most land plants are connected by fungi called mycorrhizae. 

read more here

Soil Carbon- the figures 

Tony Lovells Tedx Talk- Putting carbon back where it belongs

Tony explains the reasoning behind how more green growing plants means more captured carbon dioxide – more water – more production – more biodiversity – more profit. Did you know that a 1% change in soil organic matter across just one-quarter of the World’s land area could sequester 300 billion tonnes of physical CO2.

Watch this fascinating video here 


Graeme Hand’s Unique Philosophy on Holistic Management and Grazing 

Graeme Hand explains his views in this recent interview on Agricultural Insights
Topics covered include
  • Don't believe everything you are told, test it yourself.
  • Native pastures
  • When is the right time to move stock? 
  • What does pasture recovery really mean?
click here to listen to the podcast

How to teach livestock to eat weeds 

Kathy Voth began teaching cows to eat weeds in 2004 with a pilot project at Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site. Her first attempt was a learning process and she spent a lot of time looking at the science that talked about how animals learn and how they choose what to eat. Thanks to Dr. Fred Provenza and his colleagues at Utah State University, she knew that animals learned what to eat from their mothers and from experience. So she reviewed that research and decades of work by Pavlov and Skinner to figure out steps that anyone could use to turn cows, and other livestock, into weed eaters.  

Read more about Kathy's 3 step plan here 

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