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Case study: The journey to sustainability

The SWAN system is composed of soil, water, atmosphere and nutrient components. The best way to show how these integrated and interrelated measures reflect the journey of improving agricultural sustainability is to show a case study of a farm which has been becoming more sustainable over the past five years.

What farmers can learn from the drought

The reality is that adapting agricultural practices when the drought is already upon us is actually too late. Sustainable agriculture should be a way of life.

How can flow meters help you conserve water?

The use of flow meters can be used as a water conservation tool? Read this blog to find out how.

Our precious resource is becoming even scarcer

Is our water resources really under the amount of pressure that media headlines make it out to be? Read this blog to find out for yourself.

Carbon – the key to storing more water in the soil

Each percentage increase in soil carbon results in 230 818 more litres of water stored per hectare. That is a massive amount of water. Increasing soil carbon levels is therefore a key factor to improving water use efficiency on farms.

Breaking the wind for increased pasture wellbeing

Wind can cause havoc on dairy farms. affecting it’s soils, plants and animals. Although a natural occurrence, something can be done to decrease the devastating effects of the wind.

Are you managing rainwater like a waste product?

Rain is always welcome on our lands. It is our responsibility as good water stewards to use it as the valuable resource which it is

How can you ensure water is not being wasted?

Sometimes I wonder if we actually realise the extent to which water management influences the entire farm system? From the health of the soil, to pasture growth and production, to milk production, to holistic farm efficiency and profitability.

Fighting the good fight for water

Water use in agriculture is unavoidable but where possible, it can be decreased. If we are to have maximum impact on saving water, all water users should play their part in saving water, but the greatest impact comes from involving the role players in agriculture.

Be a steward of water!

Water stewardship is defined as being the use of freshwater that is “socially equitable, environmentally sustainable and economically beneficial, achieved through a stakeholder-inclusive process that involves site and catchment-based actions”.