Ian (Clancy) Batty and Carolyn Ferguson purchased Springsure Hill farm at Buln Buln East, at the foothills of Mt Baw Baw, north of Warragul, in 1994.
Over the years, Carolyn and Clancy have transformed the run-down farm by fencing off and revegetating gullies and wet areas to prevent erosion and to provide shelter for stock and valuable habitat for native birds and animals.
“The transformation of our property has been highly rewarding,” Carolyn explained.
“Cattle are rotated to new paddocks on a daily basis, even pasture growth is encouraged and overgrazing is avoided.”
“It also ensures that the cattle are checked on a daily basis and are used to being handled which has a great impact on their stress and wellbeing.”
During winter, Carolyn and Clancy supplement pasture with silage and hay.
“Supplying cattle to Gippsland Natural, we make sure they receive the best nutrition we can offer, which ensures that we can produce meat that will meat MSA guidelines and be guaranteed tender.”
Passionate about their environmental management, Carolyn and Clancy ensure healthy pastures are produced by using natural fertilisers where available, and farm waste such as silage wrap is recycled through local programs.
“The Gippsland Natural Enviromeat EMS (environmental management system) helps us keep track of our farm management issues and is a useful tool."
Working with their local Landcare and BeefCheque groups ensures that Carolyn and Clancy keep up to date with new ideas and have opportunities to share information with other like-minded farmers.