Managing rural properties

Managing rural land can be challenging, especially when you are just starting out. The information below is designed to point out some key things for you to consider for sustainable land management, as well as suggested links for where to go next. 

There is no one size fits all in property management. The information below is a guide only and should only be seen as a stepping stone in your knowledge.

Property Management Overview

Managing Your Rural Property Conference 2018 - Key Messages Video

 

Managing Your Rural Property Conference 2018 - Q&A

 

Download our fact sheet about:

Common Ground Fact Sheet - So I've bought a property... Now what?(PDF, 2MB)

Property planning

Podcast with David Stewart

This podcast covers a condensed overview of whole farm planning, land classing, mapping and setting ecological, economic and personal property goals.

Podcast with Patrick Francis

This podcast is a case study of Moffitts farm and covers the topic of comfortable livestock farming

Useful links

Soil

Podcast with Chris Alenson

Soils of the Yarra Ranges and overview on sustainable soil management

Useful resources

Water

Podcast with Rowan Hore

Learn about managing water on your property, sediment and chemical runoff, keeping water all year and where to get help.

Podcast with Greg Bekker

Learn about how much water your property will need, how to store water, how to shift water and its downstream impacts.

View our fact sheet for managing water on your rural property.(PDF, 2MB)

There may be private land incentive programs available to you. Visit the links below to find out more and check eligibility:

Horses

Many properties run horses on "set stocking" management. This is particularly common on agistment properties, where horses are often allocated a single paddock.

Grazing on a single paddock can be very hard on the pasture and soil. This can result in increased need to hard feed, increased weed invasion and the need to treat for worms and other parasites.

Useful links and resources

The resources below may help you find training and support in how to minimise these impacts.

View the fact sheet for sustainable management of horses(PDF, 2MB).

View the fact sheet for pasture management on horse properties.(PDF, 2MB)

Yarra Valley Equine Landcare - Healthy Land, Happy Horses

Equiculture

Grazing and pasture management

Stock management and animal welfare

Podcast with David Stewart

This podcast covers a condensed overview of whole farm planning, land classing, mapping and setting ecological, economic and personal property goals.

Podcast with Patrick Francis

This podcast is a case study of Moffitts farm and covers the topic of comfortable livestock farming

Useful links and resources

View our fact sheet on animal welfare(PDF, 1MB)

View our fact sheet on small beef herds(PDF, 2MB)

View our fact sheet on small sheep herds(PDF, 1MB)

View our fact sheet on healthy equine properties(PDF, 2MB)

Weeds

Podcast with Marianne Sawyer

This podcast is about understanding weed management and how to plan control effort.

Useful links and resources

Private Land Incentive Programs may be available to you. Use the list below to find out more and check your eligibility:

Revegetation and restoration

Podcast with Amanda Smith

This podcast is about understanding the biodiversity values on your land and managing them for the future.

Private Land Incentive Programs may be available to you. Use the links below to find out more and check your eligibility:

Biodiversity

Podcast with Amanda Smith

This podcast is about learning to understand the biodiversity values on your land and managing them for the future.

Useful links and resources

Private Land Incentive Programs may be available to you. Use the links below to find out more and check your eligibility:

 

Pest animals

Useful links and resources

Learn about invasive animals on Agriculture Victoria's website

Learn about the Wabbit Actrion Group Silvan (WAGS)

The resources provided on this page has been developed by Yarra Ranges Council in partnership with Melbourne Water, Landcare, Cardinia Shire Council and the Port Philip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority.
 
Thank you to the Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority and the Mornington Peninsula Shire for developing and sharing the Common Ground Fact Sheet resources with us. Thank you to Melbourne Water for the filming and recording of the Managing Your Rural Property conference.