Hamilton EverFarm – EverGraze into practice
EverFarm is putting EverGraze into practice. A western Victorian case study used a property south of Hamilton to test how the results from the Hamilton Proof Site could be used on a farm to increase profits and improve environmental outcomes. An eight person team of producers, agronomists, economists and animal scientists had a close look at the current soils, pastures, management and livestock and in consultation with the owners, suggested alternative pastures, animal and management options. These alternatives were modelled using the GrassGro computer program to estimate the impact on production and profits. A sophisticated water flow model was used to determine effects of the changes on recharge, runoff and erosion. This report provides details of the current farming operations, changes suggested and why these were proposed and predicted effects on production, profit and environmental outcomes.