Landscapes are at the heart of what we do. We have a passion for working with land managers to help maximise the productive and ecological capacities of their landscape.
Are you looking for a better way to graze, not just for your bottom line but for your landscape as well?
Contour Consulting works with pastoralists, graziers and farmers to design grazing systems that are practical, while delivering production and environmental benefits.
With experience across Australia in both extensive and intensive systems, we work with you to explore any concerns with your current grazing strategy, and to design and implement best practice regenerative strategies to maximise year-round production, ground cover and pasture diversity.
We assist in identifying important pasture species and establishing an appropriate monitoring plan to enable feed budgeting and pasture condition to be tracked.
Erosion can significantly alter the flow of water through a landscape, and result in large-scale landscape degradation if left unchecked.
Contour Consulting has extensive experience in the remediation of erosion areas from assessment and planning through to implementation of mechanical and non-mechanical erosion control techniques.
By taking a whole of landscape approach to erosion control, our remedial works act to maximise rainfall use efficiency, promote landscape rehydration, and increase pasture cover and condition, ultimately providing the landscape with a self-sustaining and natural resistance to erosion.
Fire is integral to many ecosystems in the Australian Rangelands and can be a powerful tool in landscape and pasture management.
Inappropriate fire regime can be degrading to both the landscape and pasture productivity.
Contour Consulting assists in developing managed fire regimes appropriate to the landscape setting, drawing on best practice fire management guidelines and indigenous burning practices.
We assist in defining and mapping burn areas on your property and determining the optimal burn intervals for each area, ensuring that the regime is integrated with an appropriate grazing strategy.
Pest species and feral animals can be significant contributors to reduced productivity and function of a landscape.
Contour Consulting advises and implements pest species management at a landscape scale.
We draw upon existing best practice management techniques, integrated with a whole of landscape management approach, to provide the most effective and enduring pest management service.
Pests, weeds and diseases pose a serious risk for primary producers as they can impact on market access and agricultural production.
To reduce the impact of feral animals, pests, weeds and diseases we can work with landholders:
To support better landscape management a sound infrastructure design plan is essential.
Contour Consulting works with land managers to map out existing infrastructure and discuss plans for installing future infrastructure, including but not limited to fencing, water points, yards and tracks.
We prioritise infrastructure development in line with your grazing, fire and erosion management strategies and provide high quality maps for ease of use.
Whole of farm planning may involve:
An important part of landscape management is developing and implementing an effective monitoring program.
An important part of landscape management is developing and implementing a monitoring program that accurately and objectively records the trends and changes in range condition as a result of management choices.
Monitoring is also a required component of carbon projects. A monitoring program can be designed according to many different formats.
Contour Consulting has experience in the design and implementation of numerous monitoring systems including: