Ann Frazer

In the Yarra Valley, Ann’s generational farm, Congleton, runs beef cattle. Situated between a line of mountains and a ridge, the farm receives strong winds funnelled by the hills. With seasonally wet soil and high winds, large paddock trees can be uprooted in storms.

Ann discusses:

  • Establishing shelterbelts to mitigate the impact of wind and to provide shelter for livestock year-round.

  • Fencing off the river banks to prevent livestock eroding the banks and adding nutrient run-off (manure) to the water.

  • Combining farms with neighbours to create a large, managed conservation area – 10 km of the river bank on both sides.

  • Revegetating the river banks as a part of a project to create new habitat and extend the range of the critically endangered Helmeted Honeyeater and lowland Leadbeater’s Possum.

Concepts in this video include:

Microclimates, Wind, Soil Water