The Drought and Climate Adaptation Program is helping the grazing industry in Queensland and across northern Australia through research, development and extension activities.
Delivering integrated production and economic knowledge and skills to improve drought management outcomes for grazing systems
Using cutting-edge social research and drawing on ‘kitchen-table’ discussions with drought-impacted graziers, this report discusses ways that government, communities and industry can work together to create a cultural shift towards greater drought preparation and resilience the Queensland grazing industry.
This report draws on social research involving grazing specialists and a small group of leading graziers to examine the factors that might limit decision making for improved drought preparedness and management in Queensland grazing enterprises, including the use of decision-support tools. Steps for overcoming these barriers are also discussed.
Are you interested in how you can make your grazing business more profitable and drought resilient?In this report a range of management strategies and technologies are assessed which are aimed at making grazing businesses in central Queensland more profitable and drought resilient. In addition, management options in drought response and recovery phases are assessed.
These case studies show how graziers improved their business using information provided through Drought and Climate Adaptation projects.
Spreadsheet tools to assess drought response or recovery options
Objective, evidenced-based decisions can be difficult to make, especially when there are many variables outside of our control. To help make sense of it all and weigh up the risks and benefits of all the options, we have developed 13 easy-to-use spreadsheets, including step-by-step online tutorials.
Researchers from the Department of Environment and Science (DES) will help support Queensland graziers to manage drought and climate decision-making more effectively by developing tools including:
Information products and tools will be improved to support decision making in the grazing industry through a better understanding of the barriers to managing climate risk and drought preparation.
Social scientists from the Department of Environment and Science (DES) will engage with Queensland graziers, extension officers and scientists to identify barriers to drought preparedness.
The Northern Australia Climate Program (NACP), a partnership between the Queensland Government, Meat and Livestock Australia Donor Company and the University of Southern Queensland, is helping the grazing industry better manage drought and climate risks through:
DAF staff are providing information to support improved profitability and resilience of Queensland’s grazing businesses. Economic analyses are being conducted for a number of regions across Queensland and a range of management strategies and technologies are being assessed that are aimed at making grazing businesses more profitable and drought resilient. In addition, this project is examining options in the drought response and recovery phases.
The DAF GrazingFutures team is working with industry partners to deliver production, business and climate information to build resilience and grow grazing businesses across Western Queensland.
Palaeoclimate research will:
Improving profitability and resilience of beef businesses in northern Australia
Getting the “Inside Edge” in grazing land management
Note: In chronological order
Cobon, D., Stone, G., Carter, J., McKeon, G., Zhang, B., Heidemann, H. (2020). Native pastures and beef cattle show a spatially variable response to a changing climate in Queensland, Australia , European Journal of Agronomy, Volume 114, March 2020, 126002
Cobon, D., Kouadio, L., Mushtaq, S., Jarvis, S., Carter, J., Stone, G., Davis, P. (2019). Evaluating the shifts in rainfall and pasture-growth variabilities across the pastoral zone of Australia during 1910–2010 . Crop and Pasture Science, 70(7):634-647.
Bowen MK, Chudleigh F (2019) Productivity and profitability of alternative steer growth paths resulting from accessing high quality forage systems in the subtropics of northern Australia: a modelling approach. Animal Production Science 59, 1739-1751. Available at https://www.publish.csiro.au/AN/AN18311
Bowen MK, Chudleigh F, Dixon RM, Sullivan MT, Schatz T, Oxley T (2020) The economics of phosphorus supplementation of beef cattle grazing northern Australian rangelands. Animal Production Science 60, 683-693. doi: 10.1071/AN19088. Available at http://www.publish.csiro.au/AN/AN19088
Chudleigh F, Bowen M, Holmes B (2019) Farm economic thinking and the genetic improvement of fertility in northern beef herds. In ‘Proceedings of the 63rd Australasian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society (AARES) Annual Conference’. Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Available at https://ageconsearch.umn.edu/record/285095?ln=en
For a full copy of the papers, contact:
Project leader – Dr Maree Bowen, DAF Rockhampton at Maree.Bowen@daf.qld.gov.au
Principal economist – Fred Chudleigh, DAF Toowoomba at Fred.Chudleigh@daf.qld.gov.au
NACP project leader – David Coban, University of Southern Queensland (USQ) Toowoomba at David.Cobon@usq.edu.au
Climate Mates (through the Northern Australia Climate Program) are helping the grazing industry across Northern Australia better manage drought and climate risks through a range of research, development and extension activities.
Read how the GrazingFutures team is trialling walk over weigh (WOW) technology to improve business decisions in western Queensland or watch the introduction video.