Who are we?

We are Janet and Vince Heffernan.

Janet grew up in Tumut where her parents still live.  Her father is an award winning conservation worker with many local projects to his credit such as the Landcare nursery and the Tumut wetlands.  Janet has a science degree from ANU with a double major in Maths & many post graduate awards – from beekeeping to bookkeeping.  Two important qualifications are that she has a Dip. Ed. so knows how to ‘teach’, and a Dip. Horticulture.  This has been essential with her farm work as she is responsible for identifying native plants, collecting seed, propagating tube stock and planting these.  Vince recently [2010] completed a Bachelor of Ecological Agriculture at University of Sydney and has a up to date knowledge of issues such as soil biology, ecological farm management and landscape regeneration

About Moorlands

Elevation of 500m on the banks of the Lachlan River,  western edge of the Great Dividing Range,  100km north of Canberra.  Country is traditionally part of the Pajong nation.  Europeans arrived around 1820.  Purchased by Patrick Moore 1830’s – Vince’s Great Great Great Grandfather.  1100ha [2700 acres] of grazing country.  Two creeks.  Managed as a bio-dynamic farm since 2002.  Demeter certified.  Uses high stock density, short duration grazing with long rest periods.  This holistic grazing model was developed/promoted by Savoury and mimicks nature  and  has required the erection of extanesive electric fences to subdivide Moorlands into 150 paddocks as well as the installation of a reticulated water system

Seasonal work flow

  • Shearing –  November
  • Weaning – December
  • Joining of ewes – Feb/March
  • Lambing – July August
  • Lamb Marking – September
  • Crutching – September and autumn
  • Fly monitoring – September till Ma

Other tasks include tree-planting, lamb selling, lamb weighing, fencing and fence maintenance, weed control, drenching [natural remedies only like Apple Cider Vinegar and wattle bark], farm maintenance, Water system monitoring and maintenance.  Other…

Lamb meat is sold direct to the public – this requires 30 – 40 days work annually.  Distribution is via farmers markets.

Tasks an intern is likely to learn

  • Animal Health including monitoring worm burdens in sheep [faecal egg count method]
  • delivering lambs
  • fly strike and control
  • parasites and predators [eg; lice and foxes] control
  • fence construction and maintenance [floodgates, gates, design, options]
  • Electric fence construction and design [fault finding, earths, gates, trainign stock to electric fencing]
  • Low stress stock handlign methods
  • Sheep dog control and training
  • Direct marketing
  • bio-dynamic preps – application in broad scale agriculture
  • How to crutch…
  • wool clip preparation
  • how to repair water pipes, monitor bores, scour valves etc
  • Yard construction and maintenance
  • Native plant identification and weed identification
  • Propgating native plants
  • planting native plants
  • Understanding local ecology and farming for preservation/enhancement of this ecosystem
  • animal nutrition and physiology
  • sheep breeds
  • Farm planning
  • Financial planning
  • Meat supply change – back ground and specific opportunities
  • lots more….

We have accommodation and if you want to learn more visit our website www.moorlandslamb.com.au