Thirty-three female graziers, representing 28 grazing enterprises, attended NQ Dry Tropics’ Women In Grazing Bus Tour, held earlier this year.
At the unique event, leading female graziers shared their knowledge and experience as they spoke about ways to restore land and improve production, while reducing the impacts of agriculture on the Great Barrier Reef.
The event was supported through funding from the industry-led, Queensland Government-funded Grazing BMP (Best Management Practice) project, and the Australian Government Reef Programme that provides the financial assistance to help graziers implement changes that improve management practices and productivity, while also reducing agricultural runoff into the Great Barrier Reef lagoon.
“All of the presentations and information sessions were engaging and thoroughly enjoyable; the presentations covered a good cross section of the industry,” (Michelle O’Regan, Stackelroth Station).
The event was designed to empower women in the industry by exposing them to innovative management practices and ideas, and offering them a chance to come together to learn, share experiences and develop friendships.
The graziers, some of whom travelled from as far as Torrens Creek and Mt Surprise, were joined by journalists as well as representatives from the Queensland Government, as they traveled to four grazing properties in the Bowen, Broken, Bogie basin, (between Collinsville and Bowen), concluding with a dinner in Ayr.
Presentations at the event included:
- Sarah Streeter – Animal Production
- Kellie Dobe (DeSalis Station) – Animal Production/ Animal Welfare
- Natalie Williams – Soil Health
- Leanne O’Sullivan (Glenalpine Station) – Grazing Land Management
- Natalie Williams, Leanne O’Sullivan and Sarah Streeter – Grazing Land Management Panel session;
- Garlone Moulin (Mt Pleasant Station) – Soil Health
- Kylie Stretton – People and Business
- Dalene Wray – People and Business
- Del Norman (Mt Aberdeen Station) – People and Business
“The presenters were passionate, knowledgeable, informative and inspiring – the day has provided me with a new box of tools,” (Sharon Yensch, Woodlands Station).