News of May 2017

Dear friends,

With dry windy days and a camp-fire to sit next to in the evenings, Kachana is headed for winter.  

Now turn on the volume and watch the video clip taken with Paul's drone 

After a few weeks of excitement, wedding guests and friends coming to visit, our daily routine is slowly regaining balance.


Thank you to all of you who so kindly sent their best wishes to Bob and Nadia!

They will reciprocate… at the latest when you come and visit! 


THANK YOU Stephan and Melissah!!, for babysitting Kachana before, during and after the wedding, enabling Jacqueline and Chris to spend time at the festivities in town.


With the initiative and invaluable support coming from Martin and Nina, Bec this month released our new website - THANK YOU Martin and Nina!!

This website is smaller and more user-friendly. We hope that more members of the public can become aware of the challenges faced by the next generation and help us disseminate up-to-date information about practical solutions (we welcome feedback and notification of errors).

Our land-care website will remain active as both a resource as well as a record of our journey.


We hope June will be a great month for you all.  


Greetings from Kachana

Link of the month:

Judy Schwartz writes about a role of water seldom talked about.

(The article includes a link to an informative TED-talk by Antonio Donato Nobre who explains “invisible rivers”.)


Ruminations in the bush:

We now use the 3 minute Introduction to Kachana Station as an introduction for imparting various forms of Chris’ message:

“If we do not rebuild landscape health in general, long before the risk of running out of meat or grass, Australia and other arid environments are likely to run out of reliable water. It therefore makes sense to invest in rebuilding landscape productivity, even in areas that do not visibly contribute to any industry. The pastoral industry is in a prime position to perform the necessary environmental services. BUT community awareness and support need to increase before it is safe for the average pastoralist embrace the related learning curve.”   

(Interestingly France is already recognising the importance of such environmental services by tapping into the wisdom of herders! )


As always, much of what we are (re-)discovering first-hand on Kachana, we owe to the insights and teachings of Allan Savory. For a more in-depth appreciation of the pressing challenges that face humanity, we encourage you to set aside time to view Allan Savory's video-link presentation  (37 min) to the Grassfed Sustainability Group in Texas (up-loaded May 2017).


Funny, but revealing: 2.5 minute video-clip of experiments done with monkeys to determine their reactions to unequal compensation for doing the exact same type of "work."