Holistic Grazing Management Short Course

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One of the key components of Healthy Landscapes – Practical Regenerative Agricultural Communities program is the delivery of the regenerative grazing short 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, 540KB) has more information, session details and dates. In person sessions will be held at Malmsbury Hall. Presenters Jason McAinch and Sam White will be joined by various guest speakers.

  • Course cost to participants: $100
  • Applications close: 27/10/2021
  • Course delivery: November 2021 - June 2022

Register using this expression of interest form. (link to an external form provided by the Macedon Ranges Shire Council). Places are limited. Applicants will be notified via email on how to secure their place on the course.

Presenters

Jason McAinch

Jason works in the Environment team at Macedon Ranges Shire Council as the Private Land Conservation Officer, and is responsible for the Healthy Landscapes program. Jason grew up on a dairy farm in Gippsland,  then managed the family 500 cow dairy farm for several years after university.

Jason also worked for Agriculture Victoria, which awakened a passion for adult education and extension in grazing. In 2019 the opportunity to reignite the passion for grazing with the role at MRSC has seen him move toward regenerative grazing principles.

Sam White

Sam is a sixth generation Grazier & 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 using chemicals to manage his land and animals and has landed on holistic grazing management.

This is an all-encompassing way to live and farm which considers the property, its animals and its people as parts of 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 back into the soil and keep important natural cycles working well.

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