Our members are livestock producers (open to cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, poultry) who wish to incorporate more sustainable production techniques and methodologies into their farming system, that improves the natural resource base (soils, water, pasture, landscape function, biodiversity, system health) whilst improving seasonal resilience; sustainability of economic returns on a 'whole farm level'; stronger community and food security presence, and integrity of our livestock products to our consumers.
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Our group began to build networks and host farm visits for those practicing some level of biological farming; holistic management and regenerative agriculture, either on a 'whole-farm-basis', or incorporating management processes including:
planned grazing/holistic grazing management;
the use of biological ameliorants;
multi-species fodder cropping in Wheatbelt production systems;
incorporation of perennial pasture production into arid and -Wheatbelt areas;
incorporation of philosophies that relate to sustainable agriculture; regenerative agriculture; holistic management, and environmental stewardship.
This 'whole farm system' approach includes the understanding and adoption of practices that successfully incorporate healthy soil, plant, animal, water and biodiversity systems in an holistic operating landscape, whilst improving the economic, social and environmental landscape of which we as livestock producers, operate in.
Our combined vision/mission is:
'through education, research, development and adoption of regenerative livestock production management methodologies, we will be a leadership model for appropriate and resilient land stewardship and sustainable agriculture techniques'
Objects of our (Incorporated) Association are:
Support, conduct and promote research, development and adoption in best-practice, innovative regenerative livestock production methods
Partner with industry research bodies, government and other industry groups to add value to the livestock industry in WA
Coordinate events to increase farmer knowledge in systems-based livestock production, skills and networks including workshops, field days and guest presenters
Build capacity and leadership in sustainable livestock production
Natural Capital Accounting (both on-farm and providing support systems for farming 'non-members')
Carbon Accounting project for members
Demonstration days for 2022 - 3 focus targets at this stage.
i) The use of multi-species fodder cropping.
ii) holistic planned grazing.
iii) summer active perennial establishment