Sustainable Grazing

Sustainable paddock use through strip grazingThe Hawkesbury farm abuts a significant remnant of Cumberland Plain Woodland.  Therefore, it is important that our grazing practices do not impact on this critically endangered ecosystem.  To achieve this, the farm has reduced its dependence on chemical fertiliser and pesticides, and utilises buffers between paddocks and bushland to:

  • reduce edge effects
  • prevent plant escapees
  • ensure irrigation containment
  • mitigate bushfire spread

Away from the bushland, the farm has been implementing grazing practices that allow for a more sustainable use of paddocks and increase the viability of feed.

Paddocks are often strip grazed allowing a more even grazing pressure in an area and ensures that the food resource is maximised. Re-growth in perennial pastures is promoted by mulching, irrigation and resting paddocks after grazing. Paddock rotation and resting ensures pasture composition is maintained and livestock growth performance is optimised.

Water efficiency is also a prime concern in our farming practices.  Recycled water is applied through centre pivot and travelling irrigators to establish plant growth.  The farm staff are always looking for species that provide the nutrition required by our animals while using the least amount of water.

Regenerative Agriculture