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

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Published on December 30, 2008

Author: michaelkielymarketing

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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 "Knowledge Is Power". This presentation was given at the Carbon farming Expo & Conference in Orange NSW Australia in November 2008.

Gilgai A Passion for Solutions

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

Our Belief Soil Health Plant Health Animal Health Human Health www.eatwild.com www.soilfoodweb.com.au

Our Passion is Soil Health

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”

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

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 BIG PICTURE The plant you see is the ‘above-ground part’ of - A complex symbiosis (relationship) with soil microbes in the root zone

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.

3. How many are present.

4. Are they the right kinds for the desired plants?

The Biological Approach www.soilfoodweb.com.au

“ 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

“ 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.”

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

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

Monitoring & Evaluation Of Solutions Solutions are evidence based (data from June 2000) Software “PAM QA+ with Mapping and Individual Animal Records, Pasture Watch

Monitoring & Evaluation Of Solutions

Solutions are evidence based

(data from June 2000)

Software “PAM QA+ with Mapping and

Individual Animal Records, Pasture

Watch

Individual Animal Records

Paddock Performance Monitoring (DSE/grazing days/hectare/paddock)

‘ Pastures from Space’ shows Our Carrying Capacity monitored against Pasture Growth Rate

Paddock Pasture Growth Rate

Paddock Grazing History and Rainfall

TDM (Ground Cover)Production & FOO

“ Quickchecks” Land Health Monitoring

“ Quickchecks” (Broken Dam)

“ Quickchecks” Monitoring (Broken Dam) August 2006 May 2008

“ Quickchecks” (Broken Dam)

“ Quickchecks” (Broken Dam) August 2006 May 2008

“ Quickchecks” (Broken Dam)

“ Quickchecks” (Broken Dam 29 05/2008)

“ Quickchecks” (Broken Dam 05/2008) www.co2science.org/articles/V5/N11/COM.php

‘ People Monitoring’

 

Definitions: Experimentation, Testing & Assessment AND/OR…. Ordeal, Hardship & Learning THE TRIALS

Trials and Tribulations Our Land Purchase Our Grazing Trials Our Beef Trials Our Sheep Trials Our Cropping Trials Our Compost Tea (Biology Trials)

Our Land Purchase

Our Grazing Trials

Our Beef Trials

Our Sheep Trials

Our Cropping Trials

Our Compost Tea (Biology Trials)

Firbella Properties Pty Ltd ‘ Cooee’ 2004 ‘ Firbank’ 2000 ‘ Glenara’ 2006 ‘ Murga Ridge’ 2006 ‘ Gilgai’ 2000 ‘ Comobella’ 2000 ‘ Loisville’ 2007

Basalt Macquarie Thrust Sheet Cudal Thrust Sheet Surat & Gunnedah Basin Our Surface Geology Sandstone Loams & Clay Loams White Clays Sodic soils

Our ‘Soil Profile’ and Erosion on “Glenara”

Sodic Soils on ‘Murga Ridge’

White Clay on ‘Firbank’

Red Sandy Loams on ‘Gilgai’

Heavy Black Self-Mulching Basalt on ‘Firbank’

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)

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)

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

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

Our Cell Centres

Ballimore Rd Pdk 26/09/2008

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

WIRE

68 kilometres hinge-joint fencing

43 kilometres of electric fencing

Converted 87 paddocks to 184 paddocks

Our Hinge Joint & Electric Fencing

Livestock Grazed Together Our Grazing Trials East Middle – 12/02/2008

1200 DSE/HA Ballimore Rd 26/09/2008

Our Beef Trials 5 beef breeds with cross-breeding and pure blood lines on progeny performance. Our Solution: Simmental Purebred

One of Our Simmental Cows with her 3 month old Calf Joels September 2005

Our Beef at RAS Sydney 2006 10 month old Simmental Steer – 456 kg

The Meat from ‘ 527’

Brisbane ‘Ekka’ Entrant 2006 542kg at 13months, 71% meat yield

Our Sheep Trials Merino sheep and cross-breeding Our Solution: Pure Merino medium fine wools

“ The Flock”

Shearing Time

Our Wool Clip History

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

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

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