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Kondinin farmer keen to protect his family legacy by drought proofing

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Sustainable Industries

Jeff Whyte is a young farmer who has returned home to the family farm in north Kondinin with his parents Wendy and Neil.

Together they farm about 3600ha. They are mixed farmers running merinos alongside their cropping program.

Jeff and his family see livestock as an important part of a balanced farming system and it is this commitment to livestock that has led to Jeff’s interest in becoming a demonstration farm for the Wheatbelt NRM Optimising Fodder project.

Jeff and his dad have talked about various ways to drought proof their farm and see the ability to access expert advice and try some new and innovative ground cover options as an exciting opportunity.

We will be working with Jeff and his family to develop a whole of systems approach to summer ground cover that will include some of the areas he is interested in such as tackling water erosion, fodder zones for lambing and grazing, increase fodder all year round and tackling salinity.

Jeff feels a responsibility to his father and grandfather, to continue to build the business, create growth and profitability and his first step is to look after his most important asset - the land.

Photo: Jeff Whyte, their dog and Neil Whyte

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