Grazing Management

Making less water run further

Two of the most important aspects of any successful grazing enterprise, are managing water and groundcover. Producers in south west Queensland are working in partnership with South West NRM to conserve surface and ground water resources, establish engineered distribution methods for quality water, implement rotational grazing and use new technology to streamline their operations.

Landholders at Durella, Holly Downs and Biddenham are some of the producers taking steps to improve the way they farm.  For some landholders, a change in seasons has brought opportunity. They are some of the progressive producers changing the way they graze to ensure holistic management of their enterprises and good outcomes for sustainable natural resource management. Continue Reading…

Building Knowledge and Skills of Graziers in the Queensland Mulga Lands

An innovative model focussed on local land manager experience and world best practice for a positive return on investment has been helping graziers in south west Queensland build landscape and business resilience.

The holistic and integrated program, coordinated by South West NRM aims to improve grazing practices, environment and business sustainability in south west Queensland’s mulga lands. The suite of activities offered to graziers include improving knowledge and skills through training workshops, the establishment of on-property NRM Learning Sites, on-going support from project field staff and seed funding to improve ground cover and business sustainability outcomes. Continue Reading…

Mystery Park’s success a mix of hard work and a little bit of luck

Rob McArthur believes life, like luck, is what you make it.

Despite his grandfather’s good fortune when first purchasing Mystery Park, today the property’s success has resulted from smart management decisions made by Rob and his wife Ainsley, as well as a lot of hard work on and off farm.

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Reef Rescue helps Calliope grazier keep up his dream

Cattleman Bill Oram described himself as a traditional grazier with a new direction when speaking at an information session held by AgForce, Fitzroy Basin Association (FBA) and Boyne Calliope Sub Region (BCSR) at Mt Larcom earlier this year.

Mr Oram said he’s mixed cattle and tourism at his property Glassford Creek Station near Calliope in Central Queensland.

“I was always interested in working in the bush as a cattleman, but it wasn’t until I went to tourist resort Cooper Down at Banana that I discovered my niche in life: farm stays,” he said. Continue Reading…

Reef Rescue gives new graziers a hand

Paul Fry and his wife Sally took over the running of Strathmore Station last year. New to managing the extensive grazing enterprise near Collinsville, the Frys were grateful to learn about assistance available to graziers through the Australian Government’s Caring for our Country Reef Rescue program.

Mrs Fry is a descendent of the well known Queensland explorer and pastoralist Edward (Ned) Cunningham whose pastoral partnerships were said to span from Collinsville to the outskirts of Townsville at the turn of last century. Continue Reading…