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Saltland Management Pride Exposed

What do a catchment management group and an agricultural scientist from Western Australia; a grain and sheep farmer from Victoria, and a wool producer and Landcare group from South Australia all have in common?
They are among the 15 winners of the national Sustainable Grazing on Saline Lands (SGSL) ‘Pride in Saltland Management’ national photographic competition, sharing in nearly $30,000 in prizes.
The pride of Australian farmers and researchers (more)…

Biodiversity building value for woolgrowers

A major wool industry field day in the Glen Innes region today has heard that important beneficial insect-eating bird species — including a number of woodland species that are declining further south - are returning to the region to provide a natural pest control service on farms.
The new research findings, presented by project leader Dr Nick Reid (UNE), confirms that the tremendous amount of tree planting undertaken across the region in recent years is having a (more)…

Don't separate the wool from the trees

Environmental protection and profitable grazing systems are entirely compatible and need to be core business goals for all Australian woolgrowers.
That’s the viewpoint of McKell Medal-winning woolgrower Tom Dunbabin, who spoke to more than 200 delegates at the Australian Wool Innovation Limited Woolgrower Forum as part of the IWTO Congress in Tasmania.
“As one of the country’s largest land-use enterprises and adapted to a wide spectrum of (more)…

Wool environmental credentials recognised

A long-term vision for natural resource management, commitment to improving the environmental credentials of the wool industry and significant leadership skills have earned Tasmanian woolgrowers Tom and Cynthia Dunbabin the 15th McKell Medal for excellence in natural resource management.
The award, announced in Darwin today by the joint Chairs of Australia’s Natural Resource Management Ministerial Council — Ministers Warren Truss and Ian Campbell — recognises an outstanding (more)…

Where there’s smoke…

A new Land, Water & Wool Sustainable Grazing on Saline Lands (SGSL) project will look to several ‘wild card’ technologies to help identify more appropriate and cost-effective pasture establishment techniques for saline discharge sites.
The SGSL Producer Network, which involves on-farm research in partnership with 120 grower groups across Australia, has revealed poor saltland pasture establishment and the (more)…