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Aa STEPHEN Leisk, “Oxenthorpe”, northwest of Molong, is in the middle of an eight year composting program that is literally transforming his land from quite marginal country, to a viable farm.

Compost, transforming marginal country, into a viable farm

“Oxenthorpe”, northwest of Molong, had 10 owners in 100 years because, “no-one could make it work”.  But thanks to compost owner Stephen Leisk, is in the middle of an eight year composting program that is literally transforming his land from quite marginal country, to a viable farm.  Stephen laughs as he describes the 162-hectare holding about 650 metres above sea level on east-facing slopes comprised of granite sandy loam hot with aluminium as “the plot no-one wanted”.

He bought “Oxenthorpe” 14 years ago and initially couldn’t make it work either.  “We tried cattle and it was a disaster, we were running 27 cows, we sacked them and bought ewes. “With sheep it wasn’t much better, but we managed 12 days’ grazing a year per hectare and were running 100 sheep.” Over 10 years he watched in pain as thousands of dollars of synthetic fertiliser dissipated into what is essentially sand atop an inhospitable subsoil.

Success with a new Approach

Using a spreader, 16ha of Mr Leisk’s property where treated with a “black lime compost” blend, one part lime to four parts compost.  “I don’t like seeing plumes of material I’ve paid for blowing away in the wind,” Blending the compost with lime eliminates the usual plumes that follow a spreader, said Mr Leisk.  “Mixing the lime and compost, the compost seems to act like a magnet, not only does it stop the lime blowing around, but it stabilises it and extends its life,”.  “The compost also holds moisture and adds carbon to the soil, and carbon is the driver of everything.”

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San Francisco's Zero Waste program

Composting Mountains of Food Waste

Major US city’s like New York and San Francisco amps up food recycling, with San Francisco showing the way.

Composting first a trend, is now becoming the lawThe New York City Mayor announced a plan to increase composting of food scraps generated by the city’s eight million inhabitants. In a few years, separation of food waste from general refuse could be required of residents, the mayor said.

 

This follows as a number of other cities around the united states already require food scrap recycling, including San Francisco San Francisco’s ” Zero Waste program” and Seattle, but the idea has been slower to catch on in New York, where critics worried that the urban density may make it more difficult—and possibly smellier. But closing the loop between composting leading to healthy soils which grows healthy local food was key in the success of this program.

 

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Victorian Panmure dairy farmer Peter Moir

Victorian dairy farmers talk compost AUDIO

A growing number of dairy farmers in south west Victoria, including Panmure dairy farmer Peter Moir says he composts everything from manure to old hay. He has even composted the body of a dead cow. “It’s actually very good as far as odours go, but the two Labradors I’ve got there certainly enjoy something like that happening close to the house.” It took six months for the cow’s body to break down in the compost heap. “I like the idea too about the possibility of the improvement in our soil and farm health.”

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OZ Turners windrow turners granted Soil Foodweb Tick of Approval

OZ Turners construction partner JPH Equipment is delighted to announce that the CT series of windrow turners have been granted the Soil Foodweb Tick of Approval.

The Soil Foodweb Approval means that our windrow turners meet the exacting standards established by Soil Foodweb institute Soil Foodweb institute focuses on benefits to the soil such as the reduction in chemical use, reduction of pests and weeds, improved animal health, reduction in water use and improved grass/crop quality with a increase in quality and production.

The Soil Foodweb institute was founded by Dr. Elaine Ingham is a world-renowned soil biologist who continues to study the microbial life of the soil, which in large part explains why agriculture “works”.

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The Soil Foodweb Tick of Approval, assurers Buyers that the products or services are in accordance with the latest development in soil science, and at levels superior to standard regulations relating to agricultural inputs and their management.

OZ Turners offers a complete solution to reducing on-farm fertiliser costs. It’s not just about selling a piece of machinery but providing to you
all the practical expertise in how to continually deliver a quality product at the farm gate.

Why Soil Foodweb?

SOIL-FOOD-WEB

Historically, soils have not received the respect nor the attention they deserve. Soil Mechanical and biological processes have not been as well understood as they need to be because the green revolution (new fertilisers, pest control chemicals and genetically enhanced plants) has masked the severity of the crisis. In addition, the degradation of soils through nutrient loss, infertility, increased salinity, erosion and desertification has been identified by the United Nations as one of the most serious threats facing humanity today. Healthy soils are as essential as clean air and water, and protecting these basic elements should be the foundation of all sustainability policies. Globally, plants provide, either directly or indirectly, 99.7% of all food calories for the planet.1 Soil conservation and management should be the top priority of all nations, and appropriately the UN has designated 2015 as the International Year of Soils.

“Pests, diseases and lack of fertility don’t exist anymore if you get the biology correct in your soil.” –Dr. Elaine Ingham Montreal 2015

Soil Foodweb Tick of Approval

The Soil Foodweb Tick of Approval indicates that a product or service offered by a supplier meets the exacting standards established by SFI.  Buyers and clients can be assured that companies holding the SFI TOA provide products or services in accordance with the latest in soil science, and at levels superior to standard regulations relating to agricultural inputs and their management.

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Compost, The Solution to Climate Change?

Organics Recycling and the Return of Compost to Soils Delivers Fundamental Solution to Climate Change

US composting councilCompost, The Solution to Climate Change?

European Compost Network, Composting & Anaerobic Digestion Association of Ireland, Australian Organics Recycling Association, The Compost Council of Canada, and the US Composting Council join in common voice during International Compost Awareness Week 2016 to encourage the recycling of organic residuals and compost use for improved soil health and climate change mitigation

Recycling organic residuals instead of throwing them in the garbage is the first step to capturing the full potential that these under-recognised resources can play to address a wide range of current global environmental issues. And on the occasion of International Compost Awareness Week 2016 (May 1 – 7), a global network of organisations, devoted to organics recycling and compost use, are combining their efforts to bring attention to the multiple benefits to be realised when organic residuals are viewed as resources rather than waste.

READ MORE AT compostingcouncil.org

 

Landcare Grants - Regional Land Partnerships Program

Australia’s billion-dollar Landcare spend

Australia’s Federal Government plans billion-dollar spend on Landcare, but uncertainty remains with NO mention of ongoing funding for existing projects and IPA

As you  might recall Landcare was gutted in the controversial 2014 budget, losing almost $500 million in funding and facing further cuts in later years.

 landcare logoThe 2017 budget announcement of a billion-dollar investment, keeping Landcare funded at current levels out to 2023, was welcomed by the volunteer groups which have driven the network since its creation. But where is the recognition of the farmers have been integral to the program since it was created by the National Farmers Federation and Australian Conservation Foundation in 1989.

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Recycling silage reduces contamination and eliminates risk of stock digestion problems

Finding value in farm waste?

Have you ever considered the value of the Farm waste material around your property?
Maybe it’s time to take a look at composting

Recycling silage reduces contamination and eliminates risk of stock digestion problems

Over the last few years there has been a steady movement returning to “old school” farming practices like use of manures, composting and remineralisation. Farmers are realising that what we have been told about, nitrogen is not the complete picture with real concern about decline in soil structure and soil/herd health.

The challenges of skyrocketing production costs, both fertilisers and feed, compacted soils and increased runoff meaning less rain utilisation and increased irrigation costs. It’s now becoming clear that many consultants and industry groups don’t fully understand all the issues related to declining soil health.

OZ Turners and JPH Equipment offers a complete solution to reducing on-farm fertiliser costs by composting using our CT Series of compost Turners. It’s not just about selling a piece of machinery but providing to you all the practical expertise in how to continually produce an top grade soil remediation product.

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NEW CTmini Towable Composter

NEW CTmini Towable Composer Turner is built on the same principle and functionality as the bigger machines,  just smaller ,with hydraulic steering and hydraulic lift. This turner has a 180 cm wide Drum and the overall  machine is only 255 cm wide and 150 cm long when the drawbar is folded in

CT Mini Compost turner

Ideal for smaller farms and lower volume composters

CT Mini Compost turner