The Practical Regenerative Agricultural Communities Program aims to help you identify and implement practical land management practices to improve your grazing, productivity, soil health, biodiversity, and waterway health.
We are offering the following programs about regenerative agricultural practices to help you improve your land, soil, water and livestock:
- Individual, free, on-farm advice
- Webinars, workshops and field days
- Holistic Grazing Management short course
- Farmer discussion groups
The program is being delivered as a partnership between Macedon Ranges Shire Council, Hepburn Shire Council, the City of Greater Bendigo, A Healthy Coliban Catchment project (North Central Catchment Management Authority and Coliban Water), Melbourne Water and the Upper Campaspe Landcare Network.
It complements Hepburn Shire Council’s Artisan Agriculture Project and ZNET Hepburn programs, Coliban Water and the North Central Catchment Management Authority’s Healthy Coliban Catchment project and the Upper Campaspe Landcare Networks’ Pollinator Corridor Project.
How to get involved
All land managers in Macedon Ranges Shire, Hepburn Shire and the City of Greater Bendigo are eligible to participate.
Priority for individual, free, on-farm advice will be given to properties over two hectares in area. Individual advice is practical and matched to any experience level and grazing livestock including, but not limited to, cattle, sheep, horses, pigs and alpacas.
To book a free property visit, fill out the expression of interest form.
For more information, call Jason McAinch, Private Land Conservation Officer on 0455 210 436 or email email@example.com
‘Healthy Landscapes for Healthy Livestock’ wins at Premier’s Awards
Did you hear? We won!
Our ‘Healthy Landscapes for Healthy Livestock’ project is the proud winner of the Premier's Choice Regional Recognition Award presented at the 2021 Premier’s Sustainability Awards. An evaluation from 110 participants indicated that 100 per cent of respondents had changed their land management practices in a positive way.
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Grasses of Central Victoria Guide
This guide is an easy reference guide for beginners to use in the farm paddock or bushland to identify the common grass species in the Central Victoria region.
Being a beginner’s guide, it is not a complete guide of all grasses or grassland plants in Central Victoria. Understanding the flower structure of grasses is the quickest way to narrow down and identify most species.
As a result, this guide is ordered by the type of flower structure, then by scientific name. Where possible, the guide uses simplified language.
The descriptive text and photographs will assist in identifying features of the grass.
Keep this guide handy when out in Central Victoria and use it to improve your skills in identifying grasses. A small pocket hand lens to view distinctive features may also be helpful. Be careful if transporting unidentified grassland plants and seeds as you may be unknowingly spreading invasive exotic plants.
Download a PDF version of the Grass Guide(PDF, 51MB)
Regenerative agriculture is a system of farming principles and practices that increases biodiversity, enriches soils, improves the water cycle and provides a positive benefit to wildlife and humankind. Regenerative agriculture aims to capture carbon in soil, trees and vegetation, contributing to carbon sequestration while also increasing on-farm resilience to climate variability.
Regenerative grazing aims to increase perennial pasture species, including native grasses, while also increasing species diversity. Through high intensity grazing regimes followed by long rest periods, the approach increases the organic matter in soils and facilitates all year round ground cover, protecting soils from sunlight and erosion. This approach increases soil health and improves water retention and drainage. Livestock benefit from a consistent and complete diet which results in improved health and productivity.
Biodiversity refers to the diversity of life forms on a property, a locality and your region. This includes the micro-organisms found in soils and water, fungi, plants, insects, birds and all other animals that live on land, in rivers and in wetlands. These life forms interact between themselves and with the non-living parts of the environment to form ecosystems. Healthy ecosystems benefit farms through maintaining soil and water quality, providing shelter and a balanced diet for livestock while assisting with reducing pests and diseases. In turn, on-farm biodiversity has the potential to connect positively with the ecosystems of neighbouring properties and surrounding bushland.
If you are constructing a dwelling on land that falls within a Farming Zone or Rural Conservation Zone, you may need to prepare a Property Management Plan(DOCX, 2MB) as part of your Planning Permit Application.
For resources on development of a Property Management Plan, visit the Victorian Landcare Gateway
Contact us on (03) 5422 0333 for further information or for assistance with the preparation of your plan.