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Shepherding Pastures Workshop

Shepherding Pastures Workshop

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  • Sat 21 Oct ’17, 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sun 22 Oct ’17, 9:00am – 5:00pm


Roebuck Farm, 310 Hurford Rd, Omata, New Plymouth


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Early Bird: $350.00
  • After Early Bird: $390.00


Roebuck Farm

Shepherding Pastures - how to better manage your animals so that they can manage the landscape for you.

Matt Denson & Jodi Roebuck are farmers who practice restoration grazing & have excellent management skill sets.

Over this weekend workshop they will share:
- How to Plan Your Farming Calendar
- How to Embed Low Stress Stock Handling
- How to Establish Restoration Grazing to Improve Pasture Species

If you are new to managing a flock and wanting the best start in stress free stock handling methods or if you are an experienced farmer wanting to integrate restorative approach into your pasture methodologies, this workshop will not disappoint.

While presented in language a beginner can understand, Jodi & Matt will be delivering content on a level and calibre meaning that even seasoned experts will find this systematic approach enriching. ​

This 2 day practical is suited to serious lifestyle block owners looking integrate time saving systems into their management & t​o the small farmer to lesson the impact on soil through timed mob grazing and increased production by grazing a longer pasture allowing us resilience in more challenging times such as heavy rain, drought & winter.

Restoration grazing is essentially timed grazing. It is one of the most effective ways to help manage the landscape & sheep (aka the golden hoof) are renowned for their ability to thicken pastures while still being light on the land.

In nature animals mob for safety, move frequently and have a recovery period before returning to the pasture. An increased stock density promotes higher stocking rates and creates the ability to trample surplus pasture to the ground resulting in a residual cover which builds organic matter, mitigating drought and promoting diversified pasture, nutrient cycling and soil building.

By setting these systems in place herbivores improve soil & establish diversity in the grasslands so they are more productive, resistant to drought and to run-off.

Using grazing patterns with your flock where animals mob & move regularly with an increased recovery spell will effectively restore the fertility of your pasture. This management approach can be replicated with larger hooved animals and across the spectrum of various sized farms from life-stylers to commercial scale.

This workshop will cover:
The Farming Calendar
- how to create a plan that's suits your lifestyle or commitments elsewhere.

Low Stress Animal Handling
- lambing
- how to keep your stock in good health in between shearing
- basic animal care
- foot trimming
- drenching
- in the race & pen
- loading on to trailer
- separating out an animal
- portable yards
- turning a sheep over for treatments

- sheep breeds
- breeding
- animal conformation
- constitution, gut health
- lambing
- weaning
- tupping
- breeding your own replacements
- clean head, temperament, teeth, age

- restoration
- increasing diversity
- days recovery, residual
- regular move
- banking grass

Electric Fencing & Netting
- 3 wire & reels
- charger
- earth tester
- running out, setting up & taking down
- daily area
- assessing allocations
- fencing brands

- timing, residual, daily intake
- turning animals, leading the mob, pressure, gateways, contour, difficult fence lines, flight zone,
- twice daily moving practicals

This workshop is fully catered with local & organic produce. We will happily accommodate all dietary requirements, just be sure to let us know upon enrollment.

“Amazing Shepherding Workshop in March. How lucky were we to have the legends of Matt and Jodi together to teach us about sheep and grazing. Loved every minute of it and learnt a great deal. And what a treat to be able to do the course at Roebuck Farm. The pasture is so healthy there I could eat it myself. Thanks to the 'behind the sceners' too for the best lunches you could wish for.” - Sue Marsh, Shepherding Pastures Workshop 2016

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