Horticulture Growers Explore Niche Markets

We can grow a wide range of produce here in the sweet spot on the edge of the tropical and sub-tropical growing zones. Farmers and business owners in the Greater Whitsunday Region are taking advantage of this opportunity by sourcing seasonal produce to cater for a niche and local market. 24 growers took a bus tour […]

Grazing Field Day

Grazing Field Day 45 graziers ventured to the Trimble’s cattle property on the O’Connell River for a day of hands on learning, at the 2017 Grazing Field Day in March. The 114 hectare property is a showcase for what can be achieved through effective management practices. Weed control, especially of sicklepod, itch grass and Giant Rat’s Tail grass, has been a major focus […]

Increasing community and industry awareness

The newest sustainable agriculture team member at Reef Catchments, Juliane Kasiske, has set her focus on increasing community and industry awareness, and on encouraging the adaptation of best practice in land management and natural resource management. Juliane is happy to be a point of contact for anyone with a direct interest in sustainable agriculture. She […]

Grazing forum 2016

More than 110 graziers, keen to adopt Best Management Practice (BMP), attended the Grazing Forum 2016. Industry leaders of innovation, on farm trials, market opportunities, genetics and new pasture varieties presented up-to-date information on the seasonal outlook, biosecurity, and soil erosion. Increased average sale yard prices, combined with rainfall, has forecasters expecting graziers will be […]

At one with nature’s systems

Graziers gain holistic insight in Collinsville Thirteen members of Mackay’s Innovative Grazing Network recently made the trip to Tabletop Station, Collinsville to review Holistic Management practices put in place by graziers in the Burdekin region. Attendees heard presentations by Tom and Karen Murphy (Tabletop Station), Barry and Leanne O’Sullivan, and Shane and Amanda Watts, as […]

Central Queensland graziers convene in Mackay

Graziers and industry members from across the Queensland Coast gathered in Mackay recently (June 3rd) for the annual Sustainable Grazing Forum 2015.  More than 120 attendees travelled from up to 200km to find out more about the big issues for beef production: from breeding and biosecurity, to soil health and new pasture varieties for the […]

ANNUAL GRAZING FORUM 3rd June at the MECC

Graziers and growers are invited to secure their place for the annual 2015 Grazing Forum, on again Wednesday, June 3rd. The popular forum attracts upwards of 150 + graziers and industry representatives from across the region to find out more about sustainable beef production on the central Queensland Coast.

Feral pigs a high priority for Whitsundays

Caption: Whitsunday Regional Council Technical Officer Pest and Vector Control Bren Fuller (right), and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service Ranger (Airlie Beach, Central Region) Steve Moss prepare for aerial pig control as part of a large-scale pest management program in the Whitsundays.  More than 72,000 hectares in the Whitsundays have been targeted for feral pig […]

Dung Beetles a hit at the Grazing Forum

The humble dung beetle was rated as the most popular subject at the Reef Rescue Grazing Forum in March. John Feehan’s presentation generated a great deal of interest; the display at the Forum and the farm walk the following day attracted further interest.   John’s key messages were: Dung beetles are very successful in reducing […]

Reef Rescue Grazing Forum

The Reef Rescue Grazing Forum 2013 The Reef Rescue Grazing Forum was held in Mackay on the 13th March at the Mackay Entertainment Centre. Sponsored by the Federal Government’s Reef Rescue program and Meat and Livestock Australia, the Forum brought together graziers, scientists and industry representatives to share ideas and discuss the best ways to […]