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Native Grasslands

There is increasing recognition that natural ecosystems and the plants and animals that live within them have their own intrinsic value.

Quatrè Saisons is not a place of lush green fields of uniform grass.

Retaining native pasture cover is important because the greater the number and variety of plants, animals and other organisms on a farm, the greater its biodiversity. It’s not just about ‘adding’ animals or crops to a landscape, it’s also important to maintain what existed naturally in that place.

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There is a growing worldwide political demand for the preservation of remnant natural ecosystems especially thanks to the growing public debate about climate change, carbon pricing and the building community awareness of the role of sustainable agriculture, farming and consumer habits.  

Biodiversity is an abbreviation of the term ‘biological diversity’. It is the variety of all life: the different plants, animals, insects, microorganisms, their genes, and the ecosystems they form. The Yass Valley may not look like traditoional farmland- but the nutrition available in the native grasses is superb protein.

What is less understood is the role perennial plants and annual grasses play in building soil carbon.

Many regions have mosaics of different dominant native species even within the one paddock. Differences in soils, slope, aspect, tree density and the presence of boulders and fallen logs all influence the composition of species and which will dominate. 

A healthy native pasture may contain up to 100 species, of which 25-30% will be grasses; the rest consist of lilies, orchids, ferns, daisies, sedges, rushes and herbs from many other families. Although perennial grasses may not form the majority of the species present; they usually dominate the pasture bulk. Even in a healthy native pasture, introduced species are often present, but form only a minor component of the biomass.

There is less than 1.2% of the total land area of the NSW South Western slopes currently in conservation reserves. Conservation and responsible farming can be a sustainable partnership that provides ethically raised produce and responsibly retains the valuable ecosystem that supports all life.