Sustainable merino production
Environmentally and ecologically friendly grazing, such as the Time Controlled Grazing (TCG) approach used at Gostwyck, is essential to improving the health of soils, pastures and livestock.
Gostwyck has used and enhanced these scientifically proven methods for the past 14 years.
A balanced ecology and healthy environment takes many years of careful and patient management.
Our job will always be to care for and enrich our environment.
Time Controlled Grazing (TCG)
This method of grazing has been developed over the past 40 years. It is based on the understanding that resting pastures between grazing increases grown cover, improves the health of soils, soil biology and pastures, and reduces the parasites in sheep. Rest periods can be varied to suits the climatic conditions at the time. This also helps the ecology to strengthen and prevents major issues such as erosion. The rest period allows the pastures to grow faster and healthier, which benefits the environment and the grazing animals.
As a result of the longer pastures, rain water runoff into our streams is clear water (not muddy). This increases the health of these streams and provide the sheep with cleaner water. Sheep drink from water troughs that are cleaned when they are moved into that grazing area.
All these factors contribute positively to the environment and the ecology.
Regaining a balanced ecology and healthy environment takes many years of careful and patient management. With tools like TCG and the adoption of good environmental practices, it is possible to re-establish healthy soils, pastures, trees and fauna. find shelter and live in a secure habitat. Together, the flora and fauna support each other and establish symbiotic relationships that benefit them and us.