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Landscape Management Workshop 2005

Our Guest Speaker: Dr. Judi Earl

After managing properties in the NSW Central Tablelands Judi moved to Armidale to undertake a degree in Rural Science at the University of New England (UNE). In 1998, she completed a study of the interaction between grazing management and pasture ecology and was awarded a PhD through the Department of Botany at the UNE. In partnership with Lewis Kahn she established the agricultural consultancy business Agricultural Information and Monitoring Services (AIMS) in 1999.

The business provides a wide range of services to producers and producer groups, State agencies, local government and registered training organisations in the area of natural resource management. One of the core business activities of AIMS is assisting graziers to more effectively manage their natural resources to simultaneously increase productivity and ecosystem health through the adoption of appropriate grazing management principles. AIMS is also active in providing training and project management to the grazing industries in elements of the agricultural ecosystem such as grazing management, plant identification, animal production, soil fertility, water quality and pasture production.

Judi’s main area of interest is working with graziers to enhance the condition and productivity of their land through a better understanding of ecosystem function and more effective utilisation of available resources. The application of management practices which are sympathetic to natural processes results in healthy, vibrant and productive landscapes. Healthy, biologically active soil provide the basis for more diverse, productive grasslands and improved animal production.

Judi has recently completed the Savory Center’s Educator Training Program in Holistic Management and is currently working with a number of groups to enhance their practice of Holistic Management. Through the application of Holistic Management and better decision making many people have transformed their land, their lives and their bank balances.

Contacts:

Dr. Judi Earl
Address: 73 Hardinge St, Guyra, NSW, 2365
Phone: 02 6779 2286
Fax: 02 6779 2486
Email:

Qualifications:
1994-1998: PhD, Department of Botany, University of New England, Armidale, NSW.
1990-1993: Bachelor of Rural Science, Honours Class I, University of New England, Armidale, NSW.
1979-1980: Associate Diploma in Animal Production, Hawkesbury Agricultural College, Richmond, NSW.
Current and recent projects, contracts and unpublished reports:
2005-06 Optimising Wool Production and Profitability in Mid North South Australian Riparian Areas for the River Murray Catchment Water Management Board and Land,Water and Wool.
2005 Conference co-ordinator “People in the Landscape – Produce it, Protect it, Profit” Conference. Armidale April 2005.
2004-05 Rangeland Grazing Management on the Northern Tableands NSW. For, Northern Rivers Catchment Management Authority.
2003-06 Managing native pastures in South Australia for improved animal production and native biodiversity. For, Mid-North Grasslands Working Group, Clare, Sth Australia.
2003 Lippia (Phyla canescens) distribution and management. For, Murray Darling Basin Commission through Cotton Cooperative Research Centre.
2003 Loss of habitat and native flora due to expansion of the weed Lippia (Phyla canescens). Preparation of application to list as a Key Threatening Process. For, World Wide Fund for Nature. (In collaboration with Dr D. Bell)
2000-03 Using grazing management to improve native grasses of non-arable pastures in the mid-north of South Australia – Field trial on 8 properties. For, Mid-North Grasslands Working Group, Clare, Sth Australia.
1999-2002 Improving Agricultural Sustainability and Water Quality Through Grazing Management. An NHT funded community project undertaken for the Malpas Catchment Group, Guyra, NSW.
2000-01 Improving Winter Pastures for Beef Production. PIRD funded project for Keera Landcare Group.
2001 Survey of Abundance and Associated Community Structure for the Threatened Grass Bothriochloa biloba in the North West Slopes of NSW. Commissioned by National Parks and Wildlife Service, Dubbo.
2001 Floristic plot sampling of the Condobolin and Bogan Gate 1:100,000 topographic mapsheet Areas. Commissioned by the Department of Land and Water Conservation.
2001 Vegetation survey of 120 sites on the Blackville 1:100,000 topographic mapsheet Areas. Commissioned by the Department of Land and Water Conservation.
2001 Facilitation of RIST’s Paired Paddock Program to six farmer groups in the New England region of Northern NSW.
2000 Vegetation survey of 75 sites and community analysis of the Burrenbar and Mogil Mogil districts. (In collaboration with John Hunter) Commissioned by the Department of Land and Water Conservation.
2000 Field survey to determine the location and distribution of the threatened plant Olearia flocktoniae. Commissioned by National Parks and Wildlife Service, Dorrigo.
1999-2001 Vegetation survey of properties in the Armidale area. Commissioned by the Department of Agriculture for Harnham Landcare as a component of the Acid Soil Action program.
1999 On-farm Integrated Weed Control: Identification, Implementation and Evaluation. Prepared for Yarrowitch – Tia Landcare Group.
1999 Field Survey to determine the locations and distribution of the threatened plant Pimelea venosa. (In collaboration with John Hunter) Commissioned by National Parks and Wildlife Service.
1999 Vegetation survey of 200 sites and community analysis of the Moree Plains district. Project title "Floristic Descriptions of Grassland Areas on the Moree Plains, NSW". (In collaboration with John Hunter) Commissioned by the Department of Land and Water Conservation, Inverell as a component of the NHT funded program "The Mapping and Conservation Assessment of Remnant Native Grasslands on the Moree Plains".
1999 Floristic survey of communities located on 4 properties within the New England Region. Commissioned by the Department of Archaeology and Paleoanthropology, University of New England.
1999 Field Survey to determine the locations and distribution of the rare plant Hakea pulvinifera. (In collaboration with John Hunter) Commissioned by National Parks and Wildlife Service.
1999 Vegetation survey of sites located on 8 properties within the New England Region. Commissioned by the Department of Ecosystem Management, University of New England as a component of an Environmental Trust Project.
1999 Floristic survey of 50 sites located within Culgoa National Park, Goodooga, NSW. (In collaboration with John Hunter) Commissioned by National Parks and Wildlife Service, Narrabri.
1999 egetation survey of 6 properties in the Armidale area. Commissioned by the Department of Agriculture as a component of the Acid Soil Action program. (In collaboration with Lewis Kahn)
Ministerial Appointments:
2000 – 2003 Gwydir Catchment Management Board – Nature conservation representative
1999 – 2003 Northern Tablelands Regional Vegetation Committee – Landcare representative
Refereed Journal articles:
Earl, J.M. and Jones, D.E. (1996) The need for a new approach to grazing management – is cell grazing the answer? The Rangeland Journal 18:327-350
Conference papers:
Earl, J.M., Kahn, L.P. and Nicholls, M. (2003) Changes in grassland composition with grazing management in the mid-north of South Australia: continuous, rotational and pulse grazing. Proceedings of the Stipa Conference, Cooma, NSW.
Kahn, L.P., Earl, J.M. and Nicholls, M. (2003) Productivity of native grasslands in the mid-north of South Australia. Proceedings of the Stipa Conference, Cooma, NSW.
Earl J.M. (1997) The benefits of increasing defoliation interval. Proceedings of the Twelfth Animal Conference of the Grassland Society of NSW, Armidale NSW pp. 143-145
Earl, J.M. (1996) A comparison of the effects of cell grazing and continuous grazing on the botanical composition. Proceedings of the Ninth Biennial Conference of the Australian Rangeland Society, Pt. Augusta S.A. pp. 56-59
Earl, J.,M. and Jones C.E. (1995) Species contribution to the pasture biomass under different grazing systems. Proceedings of the Tenth Annual conference of the grassland Society of NSW, Armidale NSW p. 87
Earl, J.M. and Jones C.E. (1995) Germinable seed banks in different pasture types. Proceedings of the Ecological Society of Australia Conference, Hobart Tas. p 37
Earl, J.M., Whalley, R.D.B. and Jones, C.E. (1994) Variation in the components of seed yield and germination requirements among three accessions of Microleaena stipoides. Proceedings of the Eighth Biennial Conference of the Australian Rangeland Society, Katherine NT pp 179-180.
Earl J.M. and Jones C.E. (1994) Comparative effects of time control and conventional grazing on botanical composition, soil physical and chemical properties and levels of biological activity. Proceedings of the Eighth Biennial Conference of the Australian Rangeland Society. Katherine NT pp 209-210.
Books:
Kahn, L.P. and Earl, J.M. (2005). Pasture Management Checklist for the Northern Tablelands of NSW. University of New England, Armidale, NSW.
Theses:
Earl, J.M. (1998) The role of grazing management on the functioning of pasture ecosystems. PhD Thesis, University of New England, Armidale.
Training Programmes:
Pasture & Grazing Management: 3 day workshop to provide land managers with the pasture, animal and monitoring skills to better manage pastures according to sustainability guidelines.
Introduction to Holistic Management: 7 day workshop program to introduce participants to the holistic decision making process. Sessions include creating an Holisticgoal, understanding the ecosystem processes and how our management effects their function in different environments and the planning procedures required to manage holistically.