11 episodes

Exploring the origins behind great innovations in agriculture in Australia.

Emerge S&W Seed Company Australia

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Exploring the origins behind great innovations in agriculture in Australia.

    Why Nigel Blieschke Introduced Sheep Into His Vineyard

    Why Nigel Blieschke Introduced Sheep Into His Vineyard

    Nigel Blieschke is the head viticulturist at Torbreck Wines, located in the Barossa Valley in South Australia. The Torbreck plantings in the Barossa are some of the oldest vines in Australia and have some of the most interesting soil types to grow in. Nigel has a keen understanding of the relationship between these soils and the premium vines that grow in them. We discuss the innovative methods he is using to cultivate vines that grow premium grape products for winemakers, and how the humble sheep is helping to revolutionise vineyard management with his unique approach. Please enjoy as we explore what it's like to manage vines that yield amazing fruit with an equally impressive history.

    Show Notes

    With thanks to Nigel Blieschke 

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    • 38 min
    How Brenton McRae Turned 100 Acres Into A Profitable Business

    How Brenton McRae Turned 100 Acres Into A Profitable Business

    Brenton McRae only took up farming a few years ago, but innovation is in Brenton's veins. After a move from Alice Springs to Kadina, South Australia, Brenton took on challenges and opportunities at the same time on his property that led to an award-winning operation involving diverse land usage and income generation. We talk about evaluating opportunities, the importance of community interaction and involvement, and what it takes to get ideas off the ground!

    Show Notes

    With thanks to Brenton McRae

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    • 29 min
    Hay, Pigs & Weddings: Corbin Schuster Knows How To Diversify In Farming

    Hay, Pigs & Weddings: Corbin Schuster Knows How To Diversify In Farming

    Farming history runs deep through Corbins' veins. His family settled into the Freeling area near the Barossa Valley in South Australia in the 1800s and have been producing high-quality hay ever since. Corbin works on the family farm with 3 generations of other Schusters. Their operations include growing cereal grains, medic and clover seed production, and specialist hay growing and processing. We chat about their decision nearly 17 years ago to invest in a prototype hay processing plant that is now at the core of their domestic hay marketing operation, diversifying farm income, succession planning, community building, and recovery after natural disasters. Please enjoy a very interesting perspective on modern farming.

    Show Notes

    With thanks to Corbin Schuster

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    • 42 min
    Don Pegler Is Not Your Average Sheep Farmer

    Don Pegler Is Not Your Average Sheep Farmer

    Don Pegler runs one of the most innovative sheep stud operations in Australia. Embracing new technology as it comes along and a passion for animal genetics, Don is achieving amazing results in animal performance. We talk about how he embraces data collection, analysis, and statistical-based decision making, and how this can power improvement in animal production systems.

    Show Notes

    With thanks to Don Pegler

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    • 24 min
    Why Alex Thomas Wants You To #PlantASeedForSafety

    Why Alex Thomas Wants You To #PlantASeedForSafety

    Alex Thomas is a work place health and safety expert who has a unique and refreshing take on the subject. Alex tries to promote a practical approach to on-farm safety, and her campaign '#plantaseedforsafety is changing the safety outlook in agriculture for the better.

    Show Notes

    With thanks to Alex Thomas

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    • 30 min
    How Dave Morello Built Morellofert

    How Dave Morello Built Morellofert

    Dave Morello is passionate about agriculture. Based in Mildura, VIC, with clients in horticulture, viticulture, and broadacre cropping, Dave is taking a mixed approach to his consultancy, mixing new technologies with old while focusing on sustainability.

    Show Notes

    With thanks to Dave Morello

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    • 35 min

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