Beef producers invited to grazing workshop

A rotational grazing field day was held for beef cattle producers on a private property at Running Creek in South East Queensland recently.

Rotational grazing is gaining in popularity with local beef producers, as it is can provide a variety of benefits including improved pasture retention and soil moisture, ease of herd management and improved tick control.

The field day involved a tour around the property of local cattle producer Clyde Bain, who has been developing the property for rotational grazing since late 2007.

The field day was organised by SEQ Catchments Community Partnership Manager for the Albert/Logan region Colin Hastie, who is hopeful cattle producers of all levels of experience will benefit from seeing first hand a property managed with rotational grazing.

A rotational grazing workshop was held on Clyde Bain’s property at Running Creek during April.

“Hosting this type of field day on a local cattle producer’s property will allow some landholders to see rotational grazing in practice for the first time, while also providing the opportunity for those with experience with the method to compare notes on key issues such as paddock spelling, stocking rates and weed control ,” Mr Hastie said.

The day was led by Ian McConnell, a Queensland Government grazing extension officer, who discussed how the fencing and water infrastructure was designed on Clyde’s property, followed by an after lunch paddock tour.

Mr Bain’s property covers 490 acres and offers a good balance of creek flats and iron bark hill country, and provides an ideal opportunity to look at cultivated paddocks as well as introduced and native non-sown pastures across the property.

Improved pasture retention is just one of the benefits of rotational grazing.

Mr Hastie said the feedback on rotational grazing that he has received from producers is overwhelmingly positive and even the more challenging aspects of the system are good problems to have, such as excess pasture growth in good seasons.

“Several local producers have mentioned that the better than average seasons we’ve had in recent years have required consideration of different stock management options to handle larger than expected increase in feed levels on their properties,” Mr Hastie said.

“Of course better pasture growth conditions are also better for weeds, so that is another one of the issues discussed at the field day.”

The field day is part of a project hosted by SEQ Catchments to promote sustainable grazing practices by featuring four demonstration properties across South East Queensland, with funding support from the Commonwealth Government’s Caring for Our Country program.