Bruce Maynard is a lazy farmer. Learn how he earned the “Lazy Farmer” label by integrating cropping, livestock and no stress stockmanship.
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About Bruce Maynard, Pasture Cropping and No Kill Cropping:
Willydah is a 1500 hectare farm situated 20km West of Narromine, NSW, Australia.
The property can be seen on Google Earth and is clearly visible as being differently managed than its surroundings from a distance of 200 kilometres.
Willydah has a mixture of soil types from hard setting red earths to grey cracking clays. Much of this has been deposited in (geologically speaking) relatively recent times.
Willydah sits in an area that was a mixture of Open Woodland, Grasslands and Shrublands with some thicker stands of Trees along watercourses. The landscape had been managed in one form or another by aboriginal people with the intensity of that impact increasing within the last 6000 years. Grassland management became more noticeable with the usage of grinding stone technologies around 2000 years ago and the grasslands around Willydah were definitely used extensively for this purpose.
Vegetation types on the farm include Yellow Box Woodland, Yanganbil Grassland, Silver Leaved Ironbark Woodland, Myall Shrubland and Bimble Box/Cypress Pine Woodland.
At the time of European settlement the occupying people of the local area were the Wongaibon and Wiradjuri. Wooden artefacts from these groups are the most sought after relics due to their sophisticated and artistic merits.
Colonising of the area began with large sheep runs in the latter half of the 19th Century before these were broken up into farmable sized holdings when the railways came through in the 1880’s.
It was during this time that the Bragg family established Mungeribar and it was from this holding that Willydah later evolved.
The Maynard family has had a long association with Wheat, Sheep, Pigs and Beef growing, even winning the world wheat competition on one occasion.
In more recent times the property was a mixed farming operation using a long term direct drilling rotation to supplement the sheep/beef operation.
The Methods Used Now
Since a major change in thinking in the late 1980’s the property is now practicing more than a dozen varied and interesting management techniques. These are all aimed at regenerating natural functions on the property with the view of long term sustainability.
The methods and the year of their adoption are: Saltbush Block Plantings 1990, Whole Farm Plan 1991, Time Control Grazing 1994, Access Laneways 1995, No Kill Cropping (Advance Sowing) 1996, Holistic Resource Management 1997, Alley Farming 1998, Stress Free Stockmanship Methods 2000, Whybother Treeplanting Method 2001, Direct Tree Seeding 2001, Advance Tree Seeding 2002, Agroforestry Treeplantings 2002, Target Saltbush Plantings 2004, Spiral Saltbush Plantings 2005,
Carbon Tree Plantings 2007, Multi species grazing 2008. The integration of all these methods is what stands Willydah apart as an effective and sustainable operation.
Willydah is presently managed and operated by Bruce and Roz Maynard. Their children are Liam, Ella and Hannah. Bruce and Roz are keen to encourage their children to stay and continue the work on the property well into the future if that coincides with their personal goals. Establishing the conditions for enjoyable achievement for the family is the prime goal.