Ray South

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since Jul 11, 2011
Northern Tablelands, NSW, Australia
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If it were me, with very little spare cash and unable to realistically use the field for two years, I’d take the deal. Yes you’d lose some fertility but you’d have a seeded pasture at the end of it. I think you’ll find you’ll have plenty to do over the next 3 or 4 years without adding a herd of ruminants into the mix.

We bought 40 acres 3 years ago, got stock a year or so later and got rid of them a year after that. Simply too many things to do getting established to run the stock the way we wanted to. We’ll restock again at some point but not until we’re properly established.
2 months ago
Been living on rain water for some time. Over the years I've had various tanks ranging from the current 2 stainless steel 26,000 L tanks to a 32,500 L grey plastic tank. Never had an issue with algae. There are usually two filters and a first flush mechanism. The rain passes through the first filter, similar to the one shown in your pic, which is principally a leaf and other largish debris catcher, then it passes into the first flush mechanism, basically a large tube which can be emptied when needed, and finally at the entrance to the tank itself, is a another stainless steel filter, fine enough to keep mosquitoes out. Same size mesh is on the overflow outlet. Rain water tanks are common here and many rural folk live entirely on rain water they collect from their roof.
Just FYI, we have another 26,000 L tank for the shed which is currently under construction. When completed, we'll have a tank capacity of 78,000 L (a bit over 20,000 gal).
10 months ago
We have 14 sheep that we move each day. We gradually shrank the area they were grazing until we got them eating about 50%, trampling about 40% and leaving the rest. We make small adjustments to the size depending on how much fodder is available. They eat some of everything but they're sheep so I would expect that given the 'cell' size. When I say they eat 50% I mean they eat the herbage down by about half, in other words, half of just about everything. So far they've been reluctant to eat scotch thistle and they demolish the few plantains that are there.
10 months ago
Lots of large tanks around where I live. We use a 70 - 100 mm pad of road base or similar, often covered with a geotextile. My last tank was 32,500 L (~8,500 gal) and it sat on 100 mm (~4") thick pad of road base. You can remove the sod, level then lay your pad or if the site is already level just mow very short then lay your pad. The only compacting I did was with the back of a shovel.
At my new place, the tank is about two thirds the size and I intend to do the same thing except for the addition of some geotextile on which the tank will sit directly. I'm only adding the textile because I have it. It came with the tank.
11 months ago
I'd spread the seed and drag a chain over it. When doing this kind of thing we've had reasonable success by broadcasting first, then slashing the pasture. The slashing process knocks a reasonable amount of the broadcast seed down to soil level. Of course, it's too late to do this in your case, but maybe keep it in mind for next time.
1 year ago
We have a small flock of sheep. They are moved every day or two onto fresh pasture and have free access to seaweed meal. They seem healthy and robust. We've only had them for about 6 months so it's early days I guess.
1 year ago
Good luck with your project and thanks for the link to the article about germination. It explains what I was doing wrong with my Robinia pseudoacacia.
1 year ago
Here's a photo of our grass land. We have forty acres of this to plant out.
1 year ago
We are trying to do something similar. In one area we have begun by clearing areas about 1 m across, planting a tree plus a few smaller things. Each one has to protected against hares and kangaroos. We've only been doing this for one season so it's very early days. In another area we mowed a 12 m wide strip, ripped three lines and planted native trees and shrubs, 320 in total, all small seedlings. We're hoping both methods work.
1 year ago
You've set yourself quite a challenge. Admirable. Where in Australia are you thinking? There plenty of dry spots here but not that many with high levels of fog.
I tried growing the bunya from seed. I put the seeds in pots, unaware of their germination habits. They did germinate but sadly didn't survive my neglect. I should have sown them in the ground I suppose as they can take a year or more to pop up above ground.
1 year ago