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Since 1994, Ian and Dianne Haggerty have been implementing a holistic and integrated program of broadacre, dryland cropping of cereal grains; cereal hay crops; and grazing with specially bred sheep for wool and premium grade fat lambs. Their program is underpinned by their shared commitment to the regeneration of their property’s soil fertility. To achieve this they practice zero tillage, use biological fertilisers, such as worm juice and compost and have not used man-made phosphorus fertiliser for the last 10 years. The Haggerty’s do not rely heavily on chemicals, instead adopting practices such as slashing paddocks with heavy weed infestations, maintaining good levels of groundcover at all times and they have adopted alternative grazing options (e.g. perennial fodder shrubs and sub-tropical grasses) to maximise soil moisture.

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