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Eric Harvey of Geurie, Central Western NSW, has a complete farm management system into which he feeds data and from which he takes advice. An extremely successful grazier, Eric proves the adage that ...

Eric Harvey of Geurie, Central Western NSW, has a complete farm management system into which he feeds data and from which he takes advice. An extremely successful grazier, Eric proves the adage that "Knowledge Is Power". This presentation was given at the Carbon farming Expo & Conference in Orange NSW Australia in November 2008.

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Eric Harvey of "Gilgai": A Passion For Solutions (Part 1) Presentation Transcript

  • 1. Gilgai A Passion for Solutions
  • 2. Our CREEDS C – Celebrate, Challenge and Commitment R – Respect, Responsibility, Reward, Recognition Restore and Repair E – Ethical Business Dealing E – Expect Excellence, Education D – ‘Do No Harm’, Discipline S – Share, Self: Awareness, Monitoring, Motivation
  • 3. Our Belief Soil Health Plant Health Animal Health Human Health www.eatwild.com www.soilfoodweb.com.au
  • 4. Our Passion is Soil Health
  • 5. We define our Soil Health as: “ Soil with a good mineral balance, high organic matter, high diversity and high active microbial biomass that will produce High Quality Healthy Agricultural Products at Low Cost”
  • 6.
    • Human Health and Disease are directly linked to Nutrition
    • Nutrition comes from Food / Agriculture
    • Current system of food production has degenerated our food, health and environment
    The Link
  • 7. THE BIG PICTURE The plant you see is the ‘above-ground part’ of - A complex symbiosis (relationship) with soil microbes in the root zone
  • 8.
    • 3. How many are present.
    • 4. Are they the right kinds for the desired plants?
    The Biology 1. Understanding soil health requires knowing what organisms occur. 2. Which ones are working.
  • 9. The Biological Approach www.soilfoodweb.com.au
  • 10.
    • “ If you don’t know what organisms are present in your soil, on and in your plants leaves, much of your management is being left to chance.”
    www.soilfoodweb.com.au
  • 11. Our Monitoring Tools
      • Soil Health and Landscape Function
        • “ Quickchecks”
        • Land Function Analysis
        • EAL and SFI
      • People
        • “ Vanguard Satisfaction Index”
        • Annual Appraisals
      • Financial Security
        • Return on Assets Managed
        • Profitability
  • 12.
    • Monitoring & Evaluation Of Solutions
    • Solutions are evidence based
    • (data from June 2000)
    • Software “PAM QA+ with Mapping and
    • Individual Animal Records, Pasture
    • Watch
  • 13. Individual Animal Records
  • 14. Paddock Performance Monitoring (DSE/grazing days/hectare/paddock)
  • 15. ‘ Pastures from Space’ shows Our Carrying Capacity monitored against Pasture Growth Rate
  • 16. Paddock Pasture Growth Rate
  • 17. Paddock Grazing History and Rainfall
  • 18. TDM (Ground Cover)Production & FOO
  • 19. “ Quickchecks” Land Health Monitoring
  • 20. “ Quickchecks” (Broken Dam)
  • 21. “ Quickchecks” Monitoring (Broken Dam) August 2006 May 2008
  • 22. “ Quickchecks” (Broken Dam)
  • 23. “ Quickchecks” (Broken Dam) August 2006 May 2008
  • 24. “ Quickchecks” (Broken Dam)
  • 25. “ Quickchecks” (Broken Dam 29 05/2008)
  • 26. “ Quickchecks” (Broken Dam 05/2008) www.co2science.org/articles/V5/N11/COM.php
  • 27. ‘ People Monitoring’
  • 28.  
  • 29. Definitions: Experimentation, Testing & Assessment AND/OR…. Ordeal, Hardship & Learning THE TRIALS
  • 30. Trials and Tribulations
    • Our Land Purchase
    • Our Grazing Trials
    • Our Beef Trials
    • Our Sheep Trials
    • Our Cropping Trials
    • Our Compost Tea (Biology Trials)
  • 31. Firbella Properties Pty Ltd ‘ Cooee’ 2004 ‘ Firbank’ 2000 ‘ Glenara’ 2006 ‘ Murga Ridge’ 2006 ‘ Gilgai’ 2000 ‘ Comobella’ 2000 ‘ Loisville’ 2007
  • 32. Basalt Macquarie Thrust Sheet Cudal Thrust Sheet Surat & Gunnedah Basin Our Surface Geology Sandstone Loams & Clay Loams White Clays Sodic soils
  • 33. Our ‘Soil Profile’ and Erosion on “Glenara”
  • 34. Sodic Soils on ‘Murga Ridge’
  • 35. White Clay on ‘Firbank’
  • 36. Red Sandy Loams on ‘Gilgai’
  • 37. Heavy Black Self-Mulching Basalt on ‘Firbank’
  • 38.
    • Our Grazing Trials
    • Set stocking,
    • Rotational grazing
    • Time controlled cell grazing
    • Feed controlled cell grazing
    • Our solution:
    • A mix of the above (Mainly cell grazing)
  • 39. Infrastructure Established For Cell Grazing (with assistance from CW CMA & Stipa)
    • WATER
    • 9 new dams (total storage of 100 megs)
    • Solar powered borehole
    • Mobile Pumping Station
    • 74 new Cell Centre watering points
    • 44 kilometres of 2” piping
  • 40. Our Cell Centres
  • 41. Ballimore Rd Pdk 26/09/2008
  • 42. Infrastructure established For Cell Grazing (with assistance from CW CMA & Stipa)
    • WIRE
    • 68 kilometres hinge-joint fencing
    • 43 kilometres of electric fencing
    • Converted 87 paddocks to 184 paddocks
  • 43. Our Hinge Joint & Electric Fencing
  • 44. Livestock Grazed Together Our Grazing Trials East Middle – 12/02/2008
  • 45. 1200 DSE/HA Ballimore Rd 26/09/2008
  • 46. Our Beef Trials 5 beef breeds with cross-breeding and pure blood lines on progeny performance. Our Solution: Simmental Purebred
  • 47. One of Our Simmental Cows with her 3 month old Calf Joels September 2005
  • 48. Our Beef at RAS Sydney 2006 10 month old Simmental Steer – 456 kg
  • 49. The Meat from ‘ 527’
  • 50. Brisbane ‘Ekka’ Entrant 2006 542kg at 13months, 71% meat yield
  • 51. Our Sheep Trials Merino sheep and cross-breeding Our Solution: Pure Merino medium fine wools
  • 52. “ The Flock”
  • 53. Shearing Time
  • 54. Our Wool Clip History
  • 55.
    • Our Cropping Trials
    • We cropped cereals, legumes, forbs and pasture through conventional, direct-drill
    • & zero-till methods.
    • Our Solution:
    • Native and exotic perennial pasture mix established by our Method