Free KIT Field Day – Kilkivan Qld
Date: Wednesday 3rd October 2018
Time: 9:30am – 4:00pm
Facilitator: James Barnet
Hosts: Shane Joyce and Dan Carney
Locations: ‘Kilkivan Community Farm’, 252 Mudlo Rd, Kilkivan, Qld and ‘Wongella’, McKewan Rd, Kilkivan Qld (Download the flyer for mud map)
BYO: Chair, lunch and water
KIT days are an opportunity for like-minded people to gather on a property to discuss topics relevant to that region and see firsthand how RCS principles are being applied in similar land types and production systems. We encourage you to invite neighbours, staff, family and friends as everyone is welcome.
|‘Kilkivan Community Farm’
‘Kilkivan Community Farm’
‘Kilkivan Community Farm’ was purchased by Shane Joyce in January 2014. It is 141 ha of eucalyptus forest country consisting of alkaline soils, high magesium black clays on the flats and brown/red shaley clays on the hills.
The current enterprise being run is beef cattle with the land being set up for intensive grazing but in the future there is no limit. Bees, hogs, sheep, goats, cereals, vegetables, trees, beef, horses, education, retreats and manufacturing are all possibilities.
Shane’s passions include landscape regeneration, people, affordable agricultural land, local community, learning, healing, Biodynamics and dancing!
‘Wongella’ is 4,000 ha purchased in September 2017 (three properties aggregated together, almost stacked on end to end so it’s 20km from one end to the other). It was a failed tree plantation, with the majority of trees removed prior to being put up for sale. It is now owned by a family that live overseas and Dan Carney manages the property on their behalf via an asset management company. The cattle infrastructure had been let go, so the place was poorly watered (only dams, and the majority of those go dry each year), there was virtually no internal fences and the cattle yards were not functional. It is a blank canvas with the opportunity to setup how they want it.
Land types vary considerably across the property and include heavy black self-mulching clays, red volcanic scrub soil, lighter red soil ironbark ridges, decomposing granite ridges. Pastures vary from healthy stands of improved grasses in small sections through to large areas of low successional species (Red Natal, GRT, lantana etc). Windrowing and burning of timber stacks have created windrows of higher fertility, leading to uneven grazing pressure. The main enterprise is trading cattle, predominately breeders to develop a core breeder herd of a 3-5 year window. Potentially 1/3 of the property lends itself to Leucaena, with the first planting (100 ha) to occur this Spring with potential to background cattle once established. The water and fence plan has been developed, with water development completed in July 2018. New central cattle yards were completed in May 2018 and fencing towards a cell grazing setup is currently ongoing, with the aim to complete by October 2019. The end result will be to have >80% of land within 500m to water and an average paddock size 20ha.
Dan is passionate about using a diverse range of plants and animals to regenerate landscapes. He believes that financially and ecologically, running just cattle on a landscape is a poor use of resources.
9:30am Smoko at ‘Kilkivan Community Farm’ (tea and coffee provided)
10:00am Introduction to ‘Kilkivan Community Farm’ by Shane Joyce
10:20am Property tour and discussion
12:30pm Drive to ‘Wongella’ and lunch (BYO chair, lunch and water)
1:30pm Introduction to ‘Wongella’ by Dan Carney
1:50pm Property tour and discussion
4:00pm Wrap up and finish