Ashley Paech and Tim Trescowthick collect soil samples on the Trescowthick’s property Roachdale near Holbrook. Picture: Supplied.
Holbrook Landcare Network has recruited Ashley Paech as the new Farming Systems project officer to work mainly on its prestigious carbon project.
Holbrook Landcare executive officer Dale Stringer said he was very pleased to have such a skilled agricultural professional join Holbrook Landcare.
“Ashley will be primarily responsible for the delivery of the ‘Carbon Farming and Your Business’ project, but will also bring a strong agriculture focus, particularly livestock, which I believe will greatly strengthen Holbrook Landcare’s capacity in this area,” Mr Stringer said.
“We will also be working towards a staff structure where Ashley will play a leading role to help shape our sustainable agricultural activities.”
Mr Paech was formerly employed as Program Manager Meat and Wool (Hume Region) with the Victorian Government’s Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, where he was involved in farm business management and agricultural extension at the delivery and management level.
His professional interests lie in areas such as business strategy; farming systems; risk management; grazing management and animal nutrition; change and adjustment in rural industries; value chain analysis and project development and management.
Mr Paech said he has a strong passion for working with land managers to understand the capability of their land, the relationship between their farming enterprise and the landscape and interactions within the farming system.
“I am really passionate about finding the right balance between sustainability, productivity, economic and social outcomes,” he said.
Mr Paech said he was very keen to get out and about in the community and meet the region’s farmers.
Having grown up in the Walla Walla area, he has a good grounding in mixed farming systems and the challenges for land managers in the region.
As well as being employed with Holbrook Landcare four days a week, Mr Paech will help run his family’s mixed farming property near Walla Walla.
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