How have your farming practices changed over the last 10 years?

How have your farming practices changed over the last 10 years? 
 
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G'day, 10 years ago in my mid 60;s and in the middle of a 100 drought we decided that things in the future would have to change.The key to the future of the farm was to reduce the loss of surface water in a rain event andto store this water "underground" in the soil profile which was accessable when the conditions got dry for our diverse range of pasture sps (mainly Native sps).The other facor we had to consider was what was the capasity of our farm to feed our stock "year-round" without the need to purchase feed for the stock.I came to the conclusion that it was better to produce high quality stock at little cost than to produce a larger number of average stock at higher cost,so each year before winter during the remainder of the drought  we accessed how much feed we would have until spring and reduced the numbers to that level.The nature of our flock is that we can quickly re- build ewe numbers when conditions are favorable.
     These days we "do not" wean but allow the ewes to decide when they will stop supplemently feeding on the young,this avoids the "stress" that comes with forced weaning and allows the ewe flock to pass on valable knowledge to the next generations ,it also avoides the drop in condition which "forced" weaning can bring about.When we had our goat flock we did some testing on yard weaning and the young lost on average 1 kg a day for 8 days before they adjusted to their new circumstances.These days we run the next generation of ewes with their mothers until the next generation is born so the following year when it is their turn to give birth the "new" small bundles are not a "surprise".....SMF   

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