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MODULE 5: Protect Your Farm's Natural Assets
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Monitoring tools

Quickchecks - Natural Resource Monitoring Tools for Woolgrowers: tools to measure the health of your pastures, soils, woody vegetation, farm watercourses, paddock production levels and birds. Download your free copy on-line at: www.wool.com and click on Grow > Environment > Land Water & Wool > Native vegetation and biodiversity and look under guides for quickchecks.

The MLA Pasture Health Kit – a field kit for producers to assess pasture health in the paddock. The kit can be ordered from MLA by:

Monitoring change in native pastures – shows how pasture monitoring can improve grazing management and maintain pasture productivity. It also describes some objective methods for monitoring native pastures. Download for free from: http://products.lwa.gov.au/downloads/publications_pdf/PN061152_ch12.pdf

Self-assessment tools

Farming for the Future Self Assessment Tool – move towards a sustainable farm business that is optimising its natural, financial and social resources by completing this Self-Assessment Tool, and/or implementing any number of the practices on your farm. Download the tool from: www.agric.wa.gov.au/content/SUST/f4fhomepage.htm

FarmSAT – producers of any commodity can quickly assess environmental assurance issues relevant to their enterprise. Visit the website and download the tool from: www.tfga.com.au/pages/TFGAFarmSATProject.htm

Environmental Management Systems (EMS) for Victorian Agriculture: describes two new tools – EMS and BushTender – that could be used to drive sustainable development for biodiversity. Visit: www.dpi.vic.gov.au/dpi/vro/vrosite.nsf/pages/lwm_biodiversity and click on Environmental Management Systems (EMS) under “Related Links”.

The Leakage Calculator: WA sheep producers can quantify the amount of water leaking past the root zone of agricultural plants with a view to tailoring recharge minimising strategies for salinity management. Visit: www.agric.wa.gov.au/pls/portal30/docs/FOLDER/IKMP/LWE/SALIN/SMAN/LEAKAGECALCULATOR_WEBINFO.HTM