Moffitts Farm has been transformed from a low productivity and environmentally unsound small grazing property into an inspiring and successful example of modern sustainable agriculture.
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- the farm history
- the basics of our farming system – Comfortable Farming, water, conservation, carbon, animal welfare and sheep
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- agricultural practices on the farm – biodiversity, livestock, pastures and grazing
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Features of Moffitts Farm include:
- Well established habitat corridors along fence lines and the creek which have contributed to the return of wildlife to the farm, including kangaroos, echidnas, koalas, reptiles and birds. Farm forestry enterprises (some almost 20 years old) producing habitat and timber that is used on the property for fencing, building and firewood. The forestry and habitat corridors ensure the whole farm is a net carbon sink.
- Moffitts Farm Wilitpoll Lambs, a low maintenance, friendly sheep, ideal for use as pet lawnmowers, or as a high quality sustainable lamb product. By understanding animal behaviour and paying close attention to shepherding, livestock are not stressed by humans. Their behaviour instincts are developed to work with us, so livestock follow rather than being herded. Our approach is more advanced than what is commonly referred to as “low stress livestock handling”.
- Bulky grass pastures that withstand climatic extremes; provide a significant above and below ground carbon store; protects new born lambs; provide bulk livestock feed, and, because each paddock is grazed by livestock for only about eight weeks per year, enhances biodiversity.
- A “regenerative farm” – not just sustaining ecosystem resources, but building them. Our Comfortable Farming methods ensure we protect and enhance ecosystem services including carbon dioxide sequestration, biodiversity, clean water into creeks and groundwater, and enhance the farming landscape.
- Minimal environmental footprint. We have no mains water or power, all water is collected off roofs, and power is solar generated with battery storage. Our farming method means very little fuel is required for machinery, and we reuse/recycle products rather than buying new items – for instance, our tractor is from the 1950s, and our first flock of sheep wear collars made from leather that was being discarded from a factory in Melbourne.
- A natural farming system. Although we have not pursued organic certification, we do not use synthetic fertilisers or pesticides and only use herbicide to prevent forest tree regrowth and for woody weed control. Also, as per organic standards we do not feed grain except in particularly dry summers, when lambs need additional supplements of protein and energy for normal growth as dry pastures will not have sufficient levels of these . Even then, grain is only used as a small proportion of the daily diet and only for young stock, not the breeding ewes, which can maintain their weights in our Comfortable Farming system.