On Saturday the 13th August, 25 people attended a field day co-ordinated by the Upper Goulburn Landcare Network. The day was designed to provide information to new and established landowners regarding what needs to be taken into consideration when planning activities for your property and demonstrate how to assess land capability.
The day was hosted by landowners Mark and Leonie who have had their property in the Highlands for 12 months. With a stunning view across the Highlands, Mark and Leonie gave an introduction to the day, discussing what brought them to the area, what they would like to do with their property and what challenges they are facing. Issues such as erosion, weeds, steep hills, soil type, land classing, stocking type and rates were discussed.
Following this our guest speaker Brad Costin, – Land Management Extension Officer, from Agriculture Victoria provided a map of the property and, using overlays, explained the many things that need to be considered when planning. Things such as where to build fences, where your water supply will come from, what percentage of the property is productive and where to build infrastructure. We then walked around the property, having a look at the pasture and the soil while discussing issues such how to assess soil quality and type, how to test the pH of your soil and where to find resources and information to assist.
This was a valuable opportunity to listen to an expert, but also for landholders to network and share knowledge.
Leonie and Mark commented; “The field day for us, was extremely rewarding on a number of fronts. Both Brad and Judy were a wealth of knowledge on how to obtain resources and information available for landowners, with a particular focus on ‘Whole Farm Planning’.
A wonderful bi-product, for us, was meeting others from the area and tapping into their knowledge and community spirit.
This sort of forum is invaluable for new landowners like us, who are moving into the community and establishing working farms.
A huge thank you to Judy and UG Landcare for organising such a fantastic initiative”.