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Holistic Grazing Management short course

One of the key components of Healthy Landscapes – Practical Regenerative Agricultural Communities program is delivery of the regenerative grazing course which has been designed to assist land managers to increase the health of agricultural grasslands. The course is structured for big and small landholders’ to improve skills and knowledge about grazing livestock, resulting in an increase in perennial pasture species (including natives) and soil carbon.

The delivery of the course will include in person theory sessions, online sessions via Zoom, as well as practical on-property sessions. Our course outline (PDF, 396KB) has more information, session details and dates. In person sessions will be held at Malmsbury Hall.

Along with the presenters Jason McAinch and Sam White, guest speakers will be used to enhance the delivery of the program where appropriate.

It’s not too late to register your interest in this course! Due to COVID restrictions this course has been delayed and expressions of interest have been extended to Wednesday 27 October. The first day of course is now Friday 12 November.

This holistic grazing management short course has been designed to assist land managers to increase the health of agricultural grasslands and livestock. It is structured to improve skills and knowledge about grazing livestock, resulting in an increase in perennial pasture species (including natives) and soil carbon. The cost is $100. Places are limited.

Register your interest in the short course by filling out the expression of interest form – Register your interest

 

Presenters

Jason McAinch

Jason works in the Environment team at Macedon Ranges Shire Council (MRSC) as the Private Land Conservation Officer responsible for the Healthy Landscapes program. Jason grew up on a dairy farm in Gippsland, then after university, he returned to manage the family 500 cow dairy farm.

Jason was enticed to join Agriculture Victoria in 2000, which awakened a passion for adult education and extension in grazing. Jason continued to manage the family farm and work for AgVic until 2008, when family succession planning saw Jason focus on work with AgVic. Another change in direction in 2012 saw Jason choose to become a stay home dad while his wife returned to work, which resulted in a move from Gippsland to Central Victoria. In 2019 the opportunity to reignite the passion for grazing with the role at MRSC has seen a holistic change.

 

Sam White

Sam is a sixth generation Grazier and Manager of Sidonia Beef, an 800Ha farm with 100% pasture raised Black Angus cattle. Sam, as farm manager has walked down many roads looking for the best ways to farm without the use of chemicals on the land and in the animals and has found salvation with Planned Holistic Grazing Management.

This is an all encompassing way to live and farm. Looking at the property, its animals and its people as a ‘whole’. The cattle are a tool for creating biodiverse pastures as they are one of the best animals to be able to efficiently recycle nutrients and keep important nature cycles working well.

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