Exclusion zone helping promote pastures

Exclusion zone helping pasture growth near Cumnock


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With pastures at a premium, an exclusion fencing collaboration is already providing benefits.

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TEAM EFFORT: The 52km exclusion fencing project is already showing benefits to pasture regeneration. The project is expected to be completed in September this year.

TEAM EFFORT: The 52km exclusion fencing project is already showing benefits to pasture regeneration. The project is expected to be completed in September this year.

A collaboration between farmers, Little River Landcare Group and Central Tablelands Local Land Services is in the process of installing 52 kilometres of exclusion fencing and is already showing major benefits to pasture regeneration.

The project, situated in the Goobang area east of Cumnock, NSW, is designed to stop over-grazing from feral and native animals and when it is completed will cover several hundred hectares.

The installation of the exclusion fencing began in January this year and is expected to be completed in September.

Little River Landcare Group chief executive Ian Chivers said there are already positive signs from areas where the fencing is in place.

"Those farmers already with the fencing are seeing visible benefits to their pasture regeneration," Dr Chivers said.

"They are seeing pasture coming back where they didn't think they had any - and that is despite having very little rain.

"The exclusion zone borders with a national park, but is not about starving any animals. It is about the pastures being used by the animals supposed to be feeding on it."

Dr Chivers has been pleased with the efforts of the people who will benefit from the project most.

"The group of farmers involved in this project are very committed to it's success," he said.

"They have invested a lot of their time, effort and money to supplement the grant from Central Tablelands LLS.

"It is by no means a free service."

"If you have a group of people sharing boundaries, a project like this can work very well.

"It really has been a group effort which has gone very well so far.

"Hopefully when the project is completed and the zone is secure, we will continue to see the benefits."

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