More than 110 graziers keen to adopt best management practice 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 encouraged to restock in order to supply the domestic market, providing the perfect opportunity to make a profit.
An expert in soil health, Bill Thompson has spent his life in rural Queensland from North Burnett on the family farm to the Burdekin and now on his own grazing property at the headwaters of the Bremer River, Ipswich.
“The knowledge and understanding of generations of our farmers and graziers who protect nurture and invest in what soils do for everyone is grossly under-valued in modern society and politics. Such knowledge is more revered in other cultures I have worked in.”
Bill led a field day following the forum in a grazing paddock on Jensens Rd, Farleigh. The property had previously been under cane, however the transition to pasture had been managed successfully and drew a crowd keen to hear Bill share his insight into supporting the soil for optimum growth and nutrition.
Dr Brian Burns a leading expert in beef genetics focused on the topic, “Application of Genetic and Animal Breeding Principles to Northern Australian Beef Production Systems.” The presentation was intended to make it easier to understand gene sequencing and the extensive research into the requirements for tropical grazing.
Graziers came to understand the environmental factors, breeds and Genotypes of Cattle used in northern Australia, markets, the structure of breeding programs and concluded with a summary of why ‘Genetic Improvement Strategies are Important to the Northern Australia Beef Industry?’
Amanda Bland – Reef Catchments Grazing Planning Officer, was pleased to see new and familiar faces. With greater numbers of the younger generation that in previous years, she knows attendance is vital to events like these continuing.
“Topics this year have been identified through conversations with our local landholders, as well as feedback from previous forums. We wanted to introduce something new this year and one area of interest has been in selling and marketing produce locally.”
Deb McLucas – President of the Greater Whitsunday Food Network, updated the audience on the increasing opportunities to produce and sell their beef locally.
The Queensland Department of Agriculture revealed their most recent trial on Giant Rats Tail, biosecurity rights and obligations, climate outlook and the new tools for farmers to use to improve production and manage climate risk.
Mackay Regional Council educated people on the programs available to eradicate pests and weeds, along with other trade displays from pasture seed supplies, QFES, Reef Catchments and Landcare groups giving away native plants for re-vegetation.
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This project is supported by Reef Catchments, through funding from the Australian Government National Landcare Programme (NLP) and the Queensland Government Qld Regional Natural Resource Management Investment Program.