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Regenerative agriculture


Growing wool in Australia using regenerative agriculture works to foster diversity and resilience in ecology, people and economy. 

Working to support the environment rather than degrade it, regenerative agriculture is a holistic farming approach that focuses on developing the biology and fertility of soils as the basis of the entire farm ecosystem.

As passionate stewards of almost 50% of Australia’s landmass, Australian farmers work hard to leave the land, waterways, vegetation and soils in better condition for future generations.

Pioneering Australian woolgrowers are leading the way by using age-old farming techniques with cutting-edge science to practise farming in a way that reverses the degrading impacts of conventional agriculture.

 

Regenerative agriculture works to:

 


Support soil systems
Return nutrients to the soil to increase microbial health and diversity.
 

Increase biodiversity
Encourage and support flora and fauna species co-habitation.
 

Improve water cycles
Repair erosion and reduce and remove water pollution.

Support bio-sequestration
Increase dry matter compost and soil structure to lock carbon back into soil.
 

Increase resilience to climate fluctuation
Build resilience through ground cover and water storage.
 

Strengthen soil health and vitality
Improve water retention, compost and pastures and tree root systems.

 

“We want to make this work and to develop sustainable practices and hopefully replicate them elsewhere in good time. We have this little postage stamp of land that we want to care for.”
Australian woolgrower Harry Youngman
Australian woolgrower Harry Youngman

By planting trees, rotational grazing, sequestering carbon in dry matter compost, nurturing diversity through pasture cropping, improving water retention in farm soil through ‘leaky weir’ techniques, repairing erosion and using revegetation to remove pollutants from waterways, Australian woolgrowers are innovating to improve the health of the environment of which they are custodians.

“As a woolgrower, you are making a choice that honours the landscape, animals as well as the people who make it possible.”
Australian woolgrower Nan Bray
Australian woolgrower Nan Bray

Through our dedicated research and development department, woolgrowers are investing in research and development initiatives that will support regenerative agriculture.

Studies are currently under way to investigate perennial pasture species that sequester atmospheric nitrogen and imbed these nutrients into the soil to support soil structure and increase ground cover. Another study is looking into the benefits of controlled grazing pressure on the overall farm biodiversity including native flora and fauna and the environmental benefits of rotational grazing.

Along with research, Australian woolgrowers partner with community initiatives such as Greening Australia and Landcare Australia to further their positive impact on the environment.

Moving toward a regenerative agricultural business model is by no means an easy feat, but increasingly, Australian woolgrowers are seeing the diverse benefits of working in sync with nature. 

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Millpost Merino

After forty years of practising permaculture at Millpost, the property is now a self-sustaining and diverse ecosystem that holds extensive benefits for the land, the animals and the family. 

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Tiverton

The team behind Tiverton measure their economic goals against environmental ones with the intention of not only minimising environmental impact, but improving the land quality for the future.

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