Regenerative Rangelands Bus Tour
What is the tour about?
This tour is a rare opportunity to connect and network with like-minded pastoral managers who work in similar climates and conditions to yourself. Trip expenses are largely subsidised; however, you will be asked to contribute a small amount to cover the costs of meals. Major expenses (including accommodation and bus hire costs) are covered by the From the Ground Up Project budget.
Lead by Anne Brown, Millie Nicholls and Andrea Tschirner – the tour will enable you to see and experience a range of projects specifically focussed on managing arid pastoral country. You will meet and hear from a range of interesting speakers, and be able to network with people from across the southern rangelands who can support you in your work and professional development.
Who is this for?
If you work in SA’s pastoral region and have an interest in rangelands rehydration and regenerative land management practices, this tour is a must for you.
We strongly encourage the ‘next-gen’ of people working across the SA arid lands pastoral zone to apply. There are a limited number of seats, and pastoral industry people who are new to the game, or at the beginning of their career in the pastoral industry will be given priority to ‘old hands' who may have had similar opportunities.
Where will we go?
The itinerary is still to be finalised, but the tour will start and finish at Orroroo, where designated vehicle parking has been organised. The tour will head towards Wentworth, before visiting Broken Hill, White Cliffs and the Western Division region of NSW.
What will we visit?
The tour will start at a Field Day at Wyndham Station (a Soils for Life demonstration site located north of Wentworth), then continue on to visit several commercial pastoral properties undertaking regenerative work, innovative grazing programs and undertaking monitoring to collect production data.
You will connect with landholders, managers and scientists engaged with the Rangelands Living Skin project in western NSW, as well as producers involved with the Far West Rangeland Rehydration Alliance. The tour will enable you to hear from expert speakers and practitioners involved with soil management and managing biodiversity values on pastoral properties.
What will we learn?
On tour we will see examples of and discuss strategies to:
- Manage ground cover on grazing country – both cattle and sheep country
- Design water systems and fencing design to manage grazing, with consideration of total grazing pressure
- Monitoring for ground cover and feed budgeting
- Managing your human resources – looking after people in the business, supporting each other and your community
- Link opportunities and projects, sharing knowledge and experience into the future
What do I need to think about?
Not much! The Itinerary, accommodation and meals are planned and organised. All you will need to do is get on the bus, and be ready to learn and engage for the week.
Where will we be staying?
In an assortment of motels and shearers quarters across the region. All accommodation will be organised for the group, twin share of rooms is likely at some of the locations.
How do you apply?
You will need to register your interest online through the Smarty Grants program here. If you have any questions or need help with your application, please contact Andrea Tschirner on 0438 720 469 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Successful applicants will be notified by the first week of February.
Want to check out some of the sites we will be visiting?
With 25 years experience as a Vegetation Extension Officer in the Mid North of South Australia, Anne Brown has worked extensively with graziers and pastoralists to support the management and regeneration of native pastures.
Anne’s knowledge of pasture ecology and grazing systems makes her a perfect person to support producers in monitoring pasture condition and understanding how to identify indicators in the landscape to assess grazing impacts. Anne also has extensive experience in plant identification and understanding nutritional value of native pastures.
Millie Nicholls has worked in native grasslands and grazing management, looking at conservation of the resource and profitably grazing it. She has attended and run grazing management schools, soils workshops and animal behaviour schools, and has worked with scientists and graziers to test different grazing methods in a six year study on her own property, which she runs with her husband Frank.
Millie holds a Science degree majoring in Botany and Zoology, and a Diploma of Rural Business Administration. She is a passionate advocate for holistic property management.
As the SA Arid Lands Landscape Board’s Sustainable Agriculture Officer, Andrea Tschirner has spent her career working in the rangelands and studying native pasture ecology. Andrea has been recently working with pastoralists across South Australia to support monitoring and trials of rest-based grazing practices with a particular focus on soil health and perennial pasture regeneration.
Sustainable Agriculture Facilitator
0438 720 469