HMI Open Gate Greta Valley Day
Amazing Grazing: Practices for Regenerating Pastures
Greta Valley, North Canterbury
Monday and Tuesday May 8th & 9th
Locals transforming farm and family resilience
What's the underlying issue for your property?
Lack of rainfall absorption and storage?
Growing season cut short by the dry?
Pastures lacking vitality?
Do you want...
To link up with experienced local grazing innovators?
Greater resilence with adverse weather events?
Less stress grazing?
Find out how grazing can:
Bring more freedom and less stress
Enhance rainfall effectiveness
Reduce pasture renovation
Lengthen growing seasons
Improve water quality
Deepen pasture roots
To register, three options...
Monday May 8th is $50.00.
Tuesday May 9th is $100.00.
Early Bird fee for both days is $150.00.
If you would rather pay by direct credit or bring payment on the day, register with John to request an invoice - click here
To Stay at Greta Valley, contact Mike on
Agenda Monday 8th
9.00. Introductions and orientation
9.30. Benefits of Longer Pastures - Scott McFadden
10.00. Nature’s Profitable Services for Dryland Farming - Dr Alec Mackay
11.15. Local Observations of Regenerating Pastures - Rob Flynn
12.00. Diverse Pastures, Our Experience - Mark Stevenson
1.30. Rethinking Grazing Logic - Malcolm White
2.15. Observation exercises - John King
3.30. Never run out of grass - John King
4.00. Preview Day 2 David Fincham
4.30. Summary and Evalution of Day
Agenda Tuesday 9th
9.00. Meet on Site, housekeeping...
9.30. Visit and discuss diverse pastures - David Fincham/John King/Rob Flynn
11.30. Pack up for Lunch
12.00. Lunch/Drive to next property
1.00. Meet on Site - TBA
1.30. Visit and discuss pasture and grazing for dry conditions - John King/Rob Flynn
3.30. Summary and Evaluation of Day
Dr Alec Mackay
Alec is a senior scientist with AgResearch with over 30 years exploring soils, fertilisers, and pastures. His research also explored low input practices suitable for hill country at Ballentrae, southern Hawkes Bay. He will share the relevance of these ideas for North Canterbury hill country.
Rob farms with Lauren and family at Greta Valley since early 1980s. Become concerned about looming issues with common farming practices, especially fertiliser use and grazing management. Started Soil Matters consultancy in 2003 to help farmers address these issues.
Since 2000, Scott comes from a family with a strong tradition in caring for the land and has been farming at Acheron since 2000. As the property is uneconomic to develop further, changes in Scott’s grazing regime grows feed on hills for stock to graze rather than feed out. He is now seeing faster pasture recovery, more legumes, and less thistles after drought.
Mark Stevenson farms with his father Ian at The Gums near Cheviot. Their recent pasture renovation programme includes pastures mixes with cocksfoot, brome, philaris, lucerne, sub-clover, and plantain to deal with dry conditions. Mark will present observations of using pasture mixes to maintain productivity.
An agribusiness tutor at Organic Training College, Lincoln University and Western TAFE, Orange, NSW, Australia, facilitator, speaker, and writer on Allan Savory’s Holistic Management and using livestock to enhance environmental services. John draws on observations and practices of an extensive global network regenerating pastures.