After just one pass the budda and turpentine are gone forever
|Ellavale before - lost to woody weeds & totally
A TRIBTE TO THE LATE REG HATCH
The story of "ELLAVALE"
In 1987 Reg Hatch heard about the revolution being brought about by the
Homan Plough in the devleopment of grazing lands in Queensland. So he
came up to see for himself. He was one of a group to visit several properties
in the Rolleston / Alpha / Tambo area of Central Queensland.
On returning home Reg viewed the sad state of 'Ellavale', his property
in Western NSW, west of Bourke. Reg had lived all of his life on Ellavale.
It was once highly productive grazing land but had now been lost to woody
weeds. Reg searched and searched until he found a solution. The property
received an average rainfall of 12 inches per year. The soil was totally
caked over so that when it rained the moisture could not penetrate the
soil but simply ran away to be of no value at all.
The results that Reg had seen in Queensland gave him the vision for what
he could do on Ellavale. He then had the courage to turn his vision
Reg bought a tractor and a Homan Plough and began his program. After just
one pass the Budda and turpentine bush were ploughed out and gone. Their
root structure had been destroyed. Their remains lay on top of the soil
offering protection for the newly seeded pasture grasses ready to emerge
whenever the rain fell. With rain being an unpredictable commodity, the
seed could wait for some time.
A passing storm provided some rainfall and the loosened soil was able
to soak up the moisture and absorb its benefits. The buffel grass shown
here in these photos is the result of the process.
The buffel grass grew thick and the woody weeds were completely dead as
a result of the Homan Ploughing. Another shower of rain and some more
growth and the neighbours come in to see the results.
Reg was a pioneer in the true sense of the word. In 1995 Reg was awarded
the NSW Landcare award for his efforts on Ellavale.
Reg passed away in 2000. He is warmly remembered for his dedication to
his family, his community and his property "Ellavale".
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