Graziers learn new soil health practices at free workshops

September 26, 2018

Weeds and grasses can tell you a lot about soil health – that was one of the messages at free workshops for graziers on the Tablelands and in Ingham recently.

Local grazier and mixed-crop farmer Adam Collins joined with visiting ecological farming expert Dick Richardson for paddock sessions on improving soil health and pasture-carrying capacity.

Terrain NRM’s Jen Mackenzie said graziers took a closer look at grasses and weeds as part of the workshops, and learned how to use them better as indicators of soil health and over or under-utilisation of paddocks.

The four workshops, at Woodleigh Station near Ravenshoe and in Ingham, were the third in a series funded by the Australian Government’s Reef Trust Phase IV program through Terrain NRM’s ‘Herbert River Gully and Grazing Program’.  They also covered pasture management and rotational grazing.

“We’ve had great feedback – growers came from all over the Tablelands, Ingham and from as far afield as the Burdekin and Cape,’’ Ms Mackenzie said.  “Most stayed two days to get to both workshops.”

The Herbert River Gully and Grazing Program also includes earthworks to re-shape gullies, revegetation work, fencing to keep stock away from streambanks and weed management.  More workshops with Dick Richardson will be held in March next year.