Fo­cus on re­gen­er­a­tive farm­ing meth­ods

Tasmanian Country - - NEWS -

TWO prom­i­nent in­ter­state farm­ers will be among the speak­ers at a re­gen­er­a­tive farm­ing fo­rum in to­mor­row.

Martin Royds, a fifth-gen­er­a­tion gra­zier from Braid­wood in NSW, and Jeff Pow, a pas­tured poul­try farmer from South­hamp­ton Home­stead in Western Aus­tralia will present at the fo­rum in Long­ford.

The event has been or­gan­ised by NRM North in col­lab­o­ra­tion with NRM South and Cra­dle Coast NRM.

NRM North’s re­gional Land­care fa­cil­i­ta­tor Peter Head­ing said Tas­ma­nian farm­ers would ben­e­fit from hear­ing about some di­verse ap­proaches to farm­ing.

“It’s a good time for Tas­ma­nia’s ru­ral com­mu­nity to hold such an event look­ing at the dif­fer­ent en­ter­prises that are oper­at­ing here and how di­ver­sity can help build re­silience in the com­mu­nity,” Mr Head­ing said.

Mr Royds is an ad­vo­cate of the nat­u­ral-se­quence farm­ing tech­nique and a holis­tic man­age­ment ap­proach.

“Work­ing with na­ture is more re­ward­ing than not work­ing with it and you feel bet­ter for it,” Mr Royds said.

Mr Pow’s op­er­a­tion pre­pares birds in a cus­tom-built pro­ces­sor and mi­cro-abat­toir and sells them at the farm gate.

Tas­ma­nian farm­ers will also talk about their en­ter­prises in­clud­ing con­ver­sion to or­ganic dairy and beef, red poul­try, holis­tic graz­ing meth­ods and or­ganic grain pro­duc­tion.

The fo­rum is at the River­lands Centre in Wellington St, Long­ford, from 9am to 5pm. Cost is $25. RSVP to ad­min@ nrm­north.org.au.

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