MODERN DAY AGRICULTURE
After the Dairy industry declined, banana and vealer production was followed by beef cattle. Today we still have several farms around Rosebank producing cattle with a shining example at Jan Upton’s property. Jan produces top quality Angus from her legendary bull ‘Beethoven’. Beef cattle are also raised at Bev & Bruce Stewart’s, Jean & Col Tickle’s and Kim & Keith Shaille’s to name a few.
The most predominant agriculture in Rosebank is macadamia production followed by coffee plantations. Small tropical fruit orchards are also common on the smaller farms and we have several flower farms producing for local and overseas markets. ‘Ironbark Wildflowers’ on Armstrong Rd is the main flower producer where Christmas Bush is one of the more popular flowers grown.
Many of the tropical fruit orchards produce organic fruit for the local markets and the value adding bushtucker cottage industries around Byron. Examples include, Mangoes, Avocadoes, Dragon Fruit, Blue Quandong, Davidson Plum, Finger Limes, Bamboo shoots, Citrus & Vegetables.
Apiary is also active in the area and popular in our macadamia orchards. As a result some wonderful honeys are produced. The use of native bees is also becoming popular on the smaller lifestyle and hobby farms’
Roadside stalls can be found outside of many of the producing farms and have become quite a feature of the area.
Regeneration of The Big Scrub
Since the late 1900’s a large amount of land in Rosebank has been involved in regeneration work where native species have been planted. Thousands of sub tropical rainforest trees and eucalypts have been planted in order to re-build soil fertility and provide habitat for species that are endangered or useful in integrated pest management systems. As a result several native nurseries established in Rosebank to supply this popular growing trend. With the increased trend toward on-farm conservation practices, environmental flows have been carefully monitored by approximately 150 irrigators allianced under the Coopers Creek Water Users Group. Smother grasses have also been successfully trialled and used under orchards to reduce soil erosion and the resultant sedimentation of creeks. The use of toxic sprays is now on the decrease as more biological controls are developed.
The Rosebank community has worked well together in achieving a more balanced and sustainable form of agriculture, something we are all very proud of and thus our motto “Farms & Forests Working Together”.
Many modern day farmers are now striving to achieve a minimum 30% cover of native vegetation on their farms.
It is considered that linking, maintaining and enhancing existing wildlife and koala corridors is essential if we are to ensure that the threatened species of Rosebank has a future.
If you are interested in finding out more or how to join a Landcare or Water Group please refer to the business directory for their contact details. These Landcare groups can provide you with all the information required to undertake a regeneration project, including suitable plant species and soils info.