Soil Carbon Stocks 0-30cm
Property Carrying Capacity
...these are what we have heard so far, they will change... please update as applicable
There are 24 months of graze data in MaiaGrazing that provides a good indication of the spread in production, on a per paddock basis to help visualise where the actual carrying capacity has been in order to be realistic about future increase.
NOTE: It is recommended that the majority of new fencing & water point infrastructure be delayed until after Carbon project baselining is completed to allow this to be included in additionality requirements for any potential project registration.
6 paddocks (roughly a third of paddocks) represent 77% of total farm area, meaning there is still large areas of development remaining to bring increase paddock count per mob, increase recovery rates and density required to achieve potential soil Carbon increases The constraint to potential sub-division is adequate water points to meet the needs of larger mobs for reduced graze periods necessary in a greater number of smaller paddocks
Multiple bores to pull from, some needing testing for flow rates/adequacy etc There are multiple creek access points for stock water
The standout features of Lockwood pastures are:
The observed variation in structure, quality, species, diversity is significant, between the obviously less developed areas of what is currently Bullock paddock through to the fantastic mix of legumes/grasses in the Front sections This really just suggests there remains a lot of upside potential in the Bullock areas and that older cattle with more teeth are possible a better option for rotation there until it progresses. The variation in feed is not matched by variation in stock class consuming it, ie the implementation of a desirable graze rotation down to 1 or 2 mobs means there is very likely having an impact on the animal plane of nutrition, per rotation, moving the same animals through such variable feed This is accentuated on Lockwood given the dominant stock Class is young cattle, say 200-400kg range, ranging through feed of differing quality. Options to address this are in the Recommendations below. the system of graze rotation being developed is keeping pastures in phase 2, as is desired, achieving solid and even utilisation in the smaller paddocks, but less so in the larger paddocks for obvious reasons. The pasture in Callide/Front paddocks were good examples of the former and the Parra grass in Scrub paddocks a good example of the latter.
Note: If you plan on committing to a registered carbon project then we recommend applying the recommendations in below AFTER project registration.
Take your time to develop confidence in rotation of livestock, we actually want to limit the implementation of any significant change prior to a Carbon Project registration and baselining.
Grazing & Livestock
Explore the benefits of treating Bullock as a dedicated cell, grazed by older cattle, eg trade cows, whilst it is in development and incrementally improving as a result of improvements to grazing rotation/impact Explore the benefits of splitting the Steer portion into a Leader / Follower style of grazing in order to mitigate the shortfalls in feed quality. The lead group would continue to do well on current feed at low density with high selectivity in feed on offer, whilst larger follower mobs would then continue to work on meeting goals for animal impact on high feed levels.
Lab Analysis Overview
See “Soil Analysis Results” for full detail. The focus here is a high level summary of what will affect production and potential for SOC gains.
See “Pasture Analysis Results” for full detail
Soil Input Recommendations
Pasture Inputs (if applicable)
Natural Capital Monetisation
Carbon Estimation Areas (CEA’s)
CEA Modelling: Additional Natural Capital Opportunities
Potential Improvement Area: