Colin Seis

Colin Seis

The Seis family is one of the early pioneering families in the Gulgong district of New South Wales, Australia, and has been grazing merino sheep and growing cereal crops in the area since the 1860s.

Colin Seis and his son Nicholas own the 2,000-acre property “Winona,” which runs 4,000 merino sheep that are managed using holistic planned grazing. Cattle are traded when seasons allow.

The property is managed using methods that continually regenerate its grassland, soil and farm ecosystem. This dramatically reduces farm inputs, while producing up to 20,000 kilograms of wool and selling 1,500 sheep and cereal grain annually. Five hundred acres of oats, wheat or cereal rye are sown annually using the pasture cropping technique that Colin developed over 20 years ago. The adoption of industrial agriculture methods from the 1930s destroyed Winona’s soil and grassland and during the 1960s and 1970s. The farm became increasingly dependent on pesticides and chemical fertilizer for pasture growth and crop production. To solve these problems, in 1993 Colin adopted holistic planned grazing and developed a unique method of growing crops and restoring grassland and soil. The method, called Pasture Cropping, is a form of perennial cover cropping where annual crops are zero till sown directly into perennial grassland after the pasture has started its natural dormancy.

Pasture Cropping can produce high yielding crops and has been proven to restore landscape ecological health, restore native grasslands, improve grazing pasture quality, improve soil nutrient cycling and sequester large amounts of soil carbon.

 

Colin Seis.

Ph: 0263759256. Mob: 0428759256. colin@winona.net.au      www.winona.net.au