Off the Contour

Off the Contour #24 – #KeylineSuperPlow History

Off the Contour #24 – #KeylineSuperPlow History

1994/95 Our dear friends Nada & Tony Smark (then of Woodbrook Farm) bought us our first Yeomans Keyline Plow in return for us designing & developing their first vineyard & forest (which was a Keyline vineyard & forest – see picture below!). What is a ‘Regrarians Keyline Superplow’? History Since…

Off the Contour #23 – Fertile Landscapes SuperPlow Project

Off the Contour #23 – Fertile Landscapes SuperPlow Project

Over the last few years Franck Chevallier (France) has developed a open source (OS) subsoiler which is designed to be able to be built by local metal workers using readily available materials. In 2016 Regrarians’ Darren J. Doherty instigated the formation of a working group to develop formal CAD plans…

Off the Contour #22 — Producing chickens like cows

Off the Contour #22 — Producing chickens like cows

by Darren J. Doherty 2016 marked 40 years since Earl Butz (1909-2008) resigned as USA Secretary of Agriculture, however his vision for ‘getting big or getting out’ and ‘planting fence row to fence row’ has continued unabated — as have the terms of trade decline for producers and the decreased…

Off the Contour #21 – Extensivising Intensive

Credit: Jason Hagan, McIvor Farm (2014) Extensivising Intensive – Strategies to Mitigate Risk for Intensive Animal Husbandry Systems Recent rulings by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) have classified that some producers in Victoria are managing ‘intensive animal husbandry’ systems. Despite the immediate uproar, particularly focussed on ‘right to…

Off the Contour #19 – #AfterTheFire?

Off the Contour #19 – #AfterTheFire?

We had a post by Adam Snow on our excellent Regenerative Agrarians Facebook Group that I thought would be great to turn into an ‘Off the Contour‘ post. This is by no means a complete appraisal of what can or could be done #AfterTheFire. What I have done though is…