AGRONOMY CONSULTING SERVICES

 

Our business is focused on assisting you to identify, plan and implement the key management decisions in developing and sustaining your pasture systems.

Pasture Establishment and Management
We will provide you with the latest agronomy technology in pasture improvement, including paddock preparation, pasture selection, establishment methods, weed and pest control, soil fertility management, fertiliser use and grazing management. We can also coordinate and conduct various farm contracting services to add significant value to your pasture programs.

Pasture Landscape Systems
There is a wide range of pasture systems available to match various agricultural land classes, including native pastures, introduced temperate and tropical grass and legume species . We can expertly advise you on the areas within your property which are best suited to each system, and formulate management strategies to sustain these.

Pasture Selection
Through our extensive field and pasture research experience, we can provide you with pasture and forage crop recommendations, as well as our preferred pasture blends for cattle, sheep, dairy or horse enterprises.

Equine Property Development
We are engaged and retained by Australia’s leading thoroughbred studs to design and implement their farm and pasture development programs. We work alongside a vast project team from property owners, to farm managers, architects, building contractors, fencing contractors, irrigation consultant and government agencies to ensure every project is undertaken to the highest professional standard.

Farm Mapping and 5 Year Farm Development Plan
A property map is an integral tool for farm planning. Farm mapping services can be undertaken. After evaluation and mapping of your property, we can provide you with a 5 Year Pasture Development Plan and Budget.

Farm Business Reviews
Financial planning and business performance reviews are an integral part of a commercial farm business. Through our associates, we can arrange these confidential services.

Agricultural Land Use and Capability Assessment
We have extensive experience in undertaking agricultural land use suitability and capability assessment for farm planning and environmental assessment projects. 

Farm Appraisal
We can evaluate the strengths and weaknesses in your property or proposed property purchase. We can then provide you with guidelines in regards to farm development and management priorities. We can also carry out a full farm appraisal on a property before purchase.

Legal Support Advice
Legal support and expert witness for agricultural related matters. We can assist your legal team during matters of an agricultural nature. With our extensive agronomic experience we have been engaged on several occasions to provide expert opinions in legal proceedings.

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DECENT RAIN is on its way for much of eastern Australia , over the next 10 days !!! There has been a major positive shift in our weather pattern of recent weeks. There are many factors driving this change. I know we have all seen these models and rain predictions before, which have not delivered , but this system and follow up rain systems developing, are very good and different. The Hunter, Northern Slopes and Tablelands may see in excess of 100 mm over next 10 days.
Steady soaking rain, not storms and gully rakers is what we need in our fragile drought landscape. Look forward to hearing your rainfall recordings !!!!!!!
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RAIN is ALL we would like for Christmas. This is the universal Christmas gift request for 2019 !!! There seems to be a positive change in our weather pattern developing which could bring some rain soon.

Everyone knows of the great poem “Said Hanrahan by John O`Brien, about possibly the most pessimistic farmer – with his constant belief “we`ll all be rooned, says Hanrahan, before the year is out” . I am sure we all get like this at times or know someone like this. Lets remain positive.

The poem does well define life on the land with droughts, floods, bushfires, crops, stock and the like and the cycles that we all know it follows.
Yes this drought is severe and continues, but it will rain again, like all previous cycles ! Reflect on the lessons you have learnt from this experience, and how it will be used in your future management.

Christmas is a time to reflect on what we are grateful for and the importance of family, your health and friends .

A small extract from the “Said Hanahan” poem, as the local farmers gathered around their local Church on a Sunday morning , may be worth remembering.

“If rain don’t come this month” said Dan, and cleared his throat to speak,
“we`ll all be rooned”, said Hanrahan, “if rain don’t come this week”
A heavy silence seemed to steal, on all at this remark,
and each man squatted on his heel, and chewed a piece of bark.
“We want an inch of rain we do”, O`Neill observed at last
But Croke “maintained” we wanted two to put the danger past.
“If we don’t get three inches man, or four to break this drought,
We`ll all be rooned” said Hanrahan, “before the year is out.”
In Gods good time, down came the rain and all the afternoon
On iron roof and window pane
It drummed a homely tune.

The poem goes on to describe the rains continuing, bringing lush pastures, bountiful crops and smiling faces on district folk.These days will come again, here too.

Thank you everyone for your tremendous support and interest on our Facebook page this year. There will be lots to discuss and talk about in 2020.
All the very best to you from our family to you and your families.
Take the time to enjoy this day.
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Is this a sign !!
It is interesting that over the last 2 weeks and again this morning during a client project , we have seen several Goannas in our daily work , in many and different locations, doing their thing and then climbing up a nearby tree. That’s probably more than I have seen in probably 20 years.
Goannas have spiritual significance with the Aboriginal people.
I like this story
The Spiritual meaning of the Goanna, is inner power and strength and hasn’t everyone had to find that in this drought.
Aboriginal elders would say “ if you come by a goanna climbing up a tree, it is calling for RAIN to bring back life to the land, calling to the spirits, who may be willing to listen and send RAIN !!!
We hope the “rain spirits” are listening and willing !
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Our most EXTREME rock picking project now completed !
Most rocks were rockmelon to 20 litre drum size with some larger rocks 60 cm across, as seen in pictures. This work has turned a previously heavily rock covered paddock with limited productivity , poor eye appeal and low land value, into now clean country that can now go under a pasture redevelopment program to greatly improve productivity, safety, usability and value.
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Much of the Upper Hunter was very fortunate to get around 25-50 mm yesterday, with most recordings tending to be around the 20-30 mm bracket. Nice fall , but we all know good follow up rain is needed.
The following table for November rainfall data, provides you with a little insight into the probabilities of certain rain events. Big rainfall events are rare , small single rain events are more the norm, generally less than 20 mm in any single rain event. Getting more than 150 mm in November is very rare with only 5% of Novembers recording over 150mm. The lowest November recording 1mm in 1936 ,highest 177 mm in 1961, with an average around 59mm.

Based on the last 118 years of rainfall data , to get around 25 mm or the old 1 inch of rainfall in a single day recording, like yesterday, is only a 34% chance or 1 in 3 chance. There is only a 3% chance of getting 50 mm in a single fall and no previous recordings of more than 100 mm in a single event.
The chances of getting bigger rainfalls in November obviously increase with extra days eg over 7 days or over 30 day month. For example there is a 53% chance of getting more than 50mm in the month and a 15% chance of getting more than 100 mm. Refer to my table to pick your bets !

Little rain for next week but expecting some rain again around mid November.
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