Sustainable Land Management at Tocal College
Tocal College, in the NSW Hunter Valley operates as an accredited agricultural college model farm, running workshops and field days showing dairy innovations.
A new pivot irrigation system at Tocal has replaced 37ha of bike shift irrigation which has led to improved pasture growth, efficiency gains in water and energy use and improved safety and working conditions for staff and students.
Approval to clear paddock trees was provided under the equity code in the new land management (native vegetation) code which enables the removal of certain native vegetation from small areas in exchange for set aside areas.
“This new system has been much more flexible for us, it’s allowed us to do what we think is best for our farm business. With help and advice from the Local Land Services it has been a really easy system to work in.”
- Darren Bayley, Principal, Tocal College