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Grass Fed Beef and Lamb

Running of cattle and sheep together has given us a powerful ecological tool for repair and rehabilitation of our pastures. The ‘Herd Effect’ and ‘Animal Impact’ are tools that we have used through our grazing system to repair and restore problem areas, increasing total yield. This allows us to grow all of our meat the way nature intended – from grass.

Eric R. J. Harvey

Eric is a member of Stipa Native Grass Association, Australian Simmental Breeders Association, Australian Professional Woolclassers Association At Gilgai Farms he regularly host field days and training days for a number of organizations wishing to showcase and teach regenerative and sustainable agricultural practices.

Ecological Farming Systems

Gilgai Farm’s ecological farming system promotes an increase in biodiversity to build a resilient ecosystem able to withstand fluctuations in temperatures, rainfall patterns and climate variability while producing healthy and nutritious, quality foods.

Biological Farming

By restoring a chain of ponds system and wetland areas we are rehydrating our landscape to recreate the naturally fertile conditions of the land prior to European settlement. Compost teas are restoring our soil microbial activity which has produced astounding results.

Chain of ponds on Gilgai Farms

Statistics

Total Area 2765 hectares

“Gilgai Farms” are situated at 32º 20′ 23.95″ South and 148º 51′ 40.67″ East.

It comprises 7 properties: ‘Comobella’, ‘Gilgai’, ‘Murga Ridge’, ‘Glenara’, part ‘ Loisville’, ’ Firbank’ and ‘Cooee’.4 of these properties totaling 1463 hectares are within the Wellington Shire Council boundaries. 3 properties totaling 1260 hectares are within the Dubbo City Council area. A further 42 hectares of Crown Land is leased and is currently being purchased.

There are 4 homes, 4 sets of cattle yards, 5 sets of sheepyards and 5 shearing sheds.

The farms are subdivided by hingejoint fencing and 2 wire electric fencing into 196 paddocks.

All of the properties use solar powered electric fence energizers.

 

Topography

The properties are situated on the watershed between catchment into the Macquarie River via Geurie Creek and catchments of the Talbragar River via Sandy Creek and Plain Creek. The land could be characterised as undulating open grassy woodland with varying densities of White, Fuzzy, Yellow and Grey box, Cypress Pine, Ironbark and some Kurrajong. Large areas of the property are open native perennial grasslands. There are also areas of undisturbed ‘grassy box woodlands’

 

Soil Types

The properties are situated on a diverse range of surface geology areas. They are the Surat and Gunnedah Basin, Macquarie Thrust Sheet and the Cudal Thrust sheet. We also have a localized basalt flow from volcanic activity.

  • Heavy Black Self Mulching Basalt
  • Black Clays
  • Black Loams
  • Grey Clays
  • Grey Loams
  • Red Clays
  • Red Loams
  • White Clays
  • Sodic Soils

 

Rainfall

Rainfall records are from 1951. Our long term annual average is 611mm. This ‘normally’ falls in every month of the year. On an average our driest months are April and September.

 

Water

Stock water is supplied by 101 dams, 3 boreholes (1 solar powered) and 44 kilometres of pipeline. This pipeline reticulates water to 94 watering points. The water is pumped to storage tanks and then gravity fed throughout the system. There is reticulated water to 97% of the properties.

 

Solar Power

  • 1 x Solar powered borehole
  • 1 x Solar power hot water system
  • 7 x Solar panels charging electric fence energizers
  • 5 x 1.5KW Solar panel arrays with 240V inverters capable of supplying up to 100% of the annual energy needs of the property.

 

Biodiversity

To view a list of the grass species identified on the farms as at April 2009, download the following:

Grass Species List August 2012