No one goes into farming to ruin the soil but most farmers are sometimes forced to push their land harder than they would like. For Matt and Valli Sheridan those days are behind them, thanks to the carbon project that now runs alongside their grazing enterprise.
Far from locking up and leaving the project areas, the Sheridans say they are now more conscious of how they manage the land both in and out of the carbon project areas. The regular reporting requirements of the project give the Sheridans more insight into how their land management impacts productivity and keeps them accountable for ongoing management.
The extra income from the project has allowed the Sheridans to upgrade their property the way they want to including installing more fencing and other infrastructure that allows them to keep on top of grazing pressure and feral animals. They’ve also employed someone to work full time to keep on top of firebreaks and checking water points.
They say they have more flexibility now to do more work on the property and grow their family business.
The Sheridans are 2-3 years away from where they want the property to be, but with the carbon money they’re progressing to their goal in half the time they thought they would. They’ve made positive livestock management changes by slightly reducing stock numbers to allow the country to respond better. The additional infrastructure also means they can rest paddocks and have fresh feed up their sleeves, removing the need to truck this in.
Human-Induced Regeneration of a Permanent Even-Aged Native Forest – 1.1 Methodology Determination 2013
Bourke, New South Wales