Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Researcher says land sharing key to sustainable success


Farmers who share their properties with each other for rotational grazing have a better chance of becoming more sustainable and improving the quality of vegetation on their land.

Professor David Brunckhorst, from the University of New England, says farmers who ignore their boundary fence and work co-operatively with neighbours are better able to withstand drought, manage risk and increase the amount of time they get with their own families.

He says the co-op approach of cluster farming is especially useful during drought.

"Everyone still owns their own livestock, and they simply pool them for grazing purposes across each other's properties," he says.

"It gives you scales of economy where you can develop perhaps organic certification, because you have long rotation periods that break parasite cycles, or you can truck a large semi load of cattle to market."

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