Your Invited: Beef & Sheep Networks Phone Seminar

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You’re invited to an evening Phone Seminar on Changes to the Livestock Production Assurance program (LPA) – keeping it simple

Listen to the experts and ask questions from the comfort of your home

 What the phone seminar is about:

  • What is the Livestock Production Assurance (LPA) program?
  • what the current requirements are
  • why the changes were introduced, and
  • what you need to know when your LPA accreditation is up for renewal.

Speakers will present in a simple and practical manner the background to the program and some examples of what some farmers are doing to address biosecurity risks for their farms. Join us, from the comfort of your home or wherever you are, to hear from and question  industry experts and farmers so that you are well prepared.

Speakers:

  • Integrity Systems, Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA)
  • Catherine James, Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF)
  • Tim Leeming, Victorian producer
  • Alison Gunn – Victorian producer and vet

When: Tuesday, 28th November

Where: On your phone Time: 8.00pm-9.00pm AEDT Cost: Free (call costs may apply)

Registration is free.  To participate you will need to register to receive the phone-in details and any notes.  Register online at: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/phone-seminar-on-changes-to-the-livestock-production-assurance-lpa-program-tickets-39820823154

Registrations close Sunday 26 November   If you are unable to register online or have further questions please call Jane Court, Agriculture Victoria, on: (03) 54304597 or 0427 200451

 

 

Don’t Miss Out: Get your Tickets today

This Saturday 25 November: Weed Control Networking Day

Hosted by the cities of Hume and Whittlesea and Mitchell Shire Council, the line-up includes presentations from:

  • Victorian Serrated Tussock Working Party
  • Victorian Gorse Taskforce
  • Dabyminga Blackberry Taskforce
  • Tim Bloomfield: Pest Plant and Pest Animal Interactions
  • Pat Connor: Weed Seed Spread and Precautions (including a vehicle hygiene demonstration over lunch)
  • Whittlesea and Surrounds Blackberry Action Group
  • Melbourne Water on Landholder Assistance Programs

The event will be facilitated by Terry Hubbard of the Strath Creek Landcare Group, Upper Goulburn, Victorian and National Landcare Networks and 2017 recipient of the Joan Kirner Landcare Award.

There’ll be a FREE sausage sizzle of gourmet Aroona sausages (100% grass-fed, preservative free beef) cooked by the Wandong Heathcote Junction Community Group.

So don’t miss out! Grab your ticket today using the following link:

www.weedday.eventbrite.com.au

 

Eden Park Bushfire Mitigation Plan

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A draft version of the Eden Park Bushfire Mitigation Plan is now available for comment (click on the plan above). Even if you can’t attend the consultation session next Monday, it would be great to have your feedback on the document if it is something you are interested in or have experience with.

Please send any feedback or questions to james.booth@whittlesea.vic.gov.au or ph: (03) 9217 2323

Aussie Backyard Bird Count: Starts today!

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Get to know your local feathered friends and share your sightings with the entire country! Australia’s largest and most successful citizen science project, the Aussie Backyard Bird Count, starts today. With Twitter conversations, Instagram feeds and a VERY user friendly Aussie Bird Count app, it’s never been easier to get involved. Visit the website here to get started.

Want to take your birdo skills to the next level? Birdlife are seeking volunteers to assist with their ‘Birds on Farms’ survey project. If you’re a landholder with a large property (>10ha) and a patch of remnant vegetation, or perhaps you’d just like to help out with the surveying, click HERE for more information and for contact details to register your interest. Surveys in our region will take place in February 2018.

Happy birding!

‘Checking Biodiversity Matters’

We’d like to thank Mark for sending in this inspiring account of trials and tribulations of land management over nearly two decades in Beveridge..

“After building our house approximately 17 years ago we finally moved to our piece of paradise in East Beveridge hills on 21 Acres of mainly cleared land with north & east facing slopes 400m up in the winds….

We set about organizing the areas around the house &  fencing off areas in the paddock, got some cattle to hopefully keep the pastures in check & help pay the rates. It seemed like it should work even though we both had “real” day jobs…..

10 years later of drought, depleting pastures (to almost looking like desert in summer), trees falling over, growing kangaroo populations, the day jobs taking all our time (including travel ling away)  we realized if we wanted to live by the motto of “leave the land better than when you found it” we had to do something a lot better. We got rid of the cattle to start with.

Approximately 6 years ago we set about communicating with the council & learning their thoughts on what best to do to get the land repaired & back on track & perhaps even establish some agribusiness eventually. One step at a time & first things first.

We attended various landcare & council workshops/field days & applied for the EWG (Environmental Works Grant) to help revegetate remnant areas to provide flora & fauna pathways & shelterbelts also to connect gullies from neighbouring properties & repair the entire property.

We know it’s been proven building biodiversity helps the whole property to recover & build health again. We have planted around 2000 plants, fenced areas off revegetation to discourage kangaroos camping & encourage other flora fauna etc, repaired erosion & pastures.

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Eastern Grey Kangaroo

After the daily mob of 100 kangaroos or so got used to things & stopped killing every plant we put in we saw some progress & noticed an increase in small lizards & birdlife numbers. Then we saw more echidnas & unfortunately wombats. We hadn’t seen jacky lizards for years especially after back Saturday & suddenly one day there was 3 of them sitting on the old fallen tree amongst our reveg area.

All of this got us interested on how we can measure the new growth in total biodiversity. We needed to benchmark from this point & monitor how things are going to see we are on the right track. After many a discussion with the council sustainability guys, other landholders & spotting the odd phascogale & sugar gliders we agreed for council to install their cameras for a couple of weeks to see what we could find. Much to everyone’s delight phascogales were photographed proving the new environment is supporting rare species & helping grow the balance needed for all to succeed.

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Sugar Glider

We have monitored reveg areas growth with drone camera & are now monitoring areas with our own wildlife camera & it’s opened our eyes to exactly how much more wildlife other than wombats & kangaroos are around. We knew they were there but how many?

We have seen significant growth in both vegetation & wildlife mainly in the past 2-3 years after areas finally got established & have also seen pastures next to these areas improve as well with no application of lime or chemicals yet. We have discovered more critters are out there than we imagined & will now continue to monitor all areas of interest including installing nesting boxes (also available through EWG) for the phascogales & gliders, bats etc.

Thanks to the councils team who have been inspiring & encouraging all the way during this time.

The pests are still about…”

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European Fox

All photos courtesy of M. Traynor

Feathered Friends of Whittlesea

The City of Whittlesea has 3 upcoming bird events on the weekend 6-8th of October. All events are family friendly and free and provide an opportunity to learn about our  feathered friends. You don’t need any level of expertise to come along to the two bird walks- just an enthusiasm to learn from our guides from Birdlife Melbourne. Click below to download the flyer with links to register.

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