These case studies show how graziers improved their business using information provided through Drought and Climate Adaptation projects.
A vast area of north-west Queensland, including the northern Mitchell Grass Downs, extending into the Gulf, was damaged after a monsoon trough flooded the area in February 2019.
Local Department of Agriculture and Fisheries pasture scientists and extension staff reviewed Mitchell grass growth requirements and made some recommendations. Read more…
Wet season spelling is the practice of removing cattle from a paddock during the growing season to manage land more sustainably. The GrazingFutures Team partners with the E-Beef project to discuss the implementation of wet season spelling demonstration sites including how the results will be monitored over the coming years. Read more in the Wet season spelling narrative (PDF, 1.5 MB).
GrazingFutures event summaries
A mapping workshop was held to introduce landholders to the Queensland Government’s planning and mapping programs Queensland Globe and FORAGE. Nine local producers attended the workshop and 33% indicated that they would be making a change to their business as a result of what they learnt that day. Read more.
Microsoft Excel has broad and valuable application for agricultural businesses, however graziers may not have had formal training or exposure to confidently use it in their business management. Read why more than 140 people attended this workshop with more than half having made changes to their business management and data recording. Read more.
Basalt Bash & Beauty is an event for rural and remote women, bringing them together to strengthen social cohesion, reduce the sense of isolation, encourage conversations on key issues and common themes, and improve mental health and wellbeing. Over the years the event has grown and evolved, with more women coming along to share their stories, experiences and challenges of life in far North Queensland. Read more about the Basalt Bash and Beauty case study (PDF, 1 MB).
Producers, industry and interstate government departments came together to discuss recent research and practical prevention strategies of calf loss on the downs near McKinlay on 8 October. Read more….
Tim Moravek and Daisy-May Denny (DAF Agricultural Economists), presented the “Profitable Decision Making” workshop at the Begonia Sports Club. Workshop attendees were taken through a process of how to economically analyse their current operation and were shown how to test available options to improve profitability. Read more….
GrazingFutures held a ‘Technology for a better farm’ field day 27 July 2019 showcasing one of the project’s walk over weigh (WOW) systems in use in western Queensland. The field day was held at ‘Echo Hills’, Roma where the technology has been in use since October 2018 with the assistance of livestock managers Anna and Anthony Dunn. Read more….