Although not Project Pioneer graduates themselves, Kash and Jos served as the perfect case study to highlight the results which can be accomplished through simple, but powerful on-farm management shifts, and exemplify how regenerative practices can change a business across generations.
“I was fortunate in that Dad had started laying the groundwork for regenerative grazing, and when Jos and I completed the RCS training we were able take our operation to the next level,” Kash said.
“It was no small job increasing the number of paddocks and mastering our grazing charts, but you can see in the grass and the livestock, that this approach is working.
“From our personal family standpoint, we are confident this country will still be here and be productive and profitable for our kids.”
Talking with Project Pioneer participants, most of whom have only been on their regenerative agriculture journey for about 12 months, Kash and Jos highlighted their grazing chart from last season as an example of how data should be used to make informed on-farm decisions that nourish both animals and the land.
“You could clearly see from the grazing chart we were carrying too many stock,” Kash said, who attributed the decision to disregard information from the grazing chart and purchase some inexpensive cattle to a temporary lapse in judgement which ultimately led to their country being overstocked.
“We were just banking on some rain that didn’t come, which has reiterated an important lesson for the producers here today that you need to plan on what you have in terms of grass and rainfall – not on what you think you will have.
“They were the most expensive cheap cattle we have ever purchased, and we will not be shifting away from the grazing charts again.”
Graziers attending the day came ready for a refresher in RCS practices, but also armed with their own questions and unique challenges to discuss with their peers, after applying regenerative principles to their own operations over the last year.