Land

Grazing case studies

IMG_1865-2Graziers in the Mackay Whitsunday Isaac (MWI) region face unique challenges as beef producers in a coastal and Central Queensland climate. By land use, in the MWI area, grazing accounts for 42 percent of the region, with 50 percent of beef cattle run by approximately 10 percent of enterprises. Approximately 11 percent of grazing is currently undertaken on improved pastures.

Grazing remains an important and valuable industry, with opportunity and potential to improve and grow more sustainable efficiencies.

The case studies below demonstrate a range of practices and trials being undertaken by our region’s graziers, in collaboration with Reef Catchments. Work is focused on enhancing production and land management.

Click on the links below to learn more from firsthand activities and experiences.

For more information, please contact Michael Boland Coordinator, Sustainable Agriculture

Links to case studies

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Ben and Jodie Ferdinand

Name of landholder: Ben and Jodie Ferdinand
Property location: Kelsey Creek
Case Study: Grazing management, ground cover and eroding gullies
Funding provided: By Reef Catchments, through funding from the Australian Government Reef Programme and the Queensland Government

 

 

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Windsor Gordon

Name of landholder: Windsor Gordon
Property location: Koumala
Case Study: Yeoman ripper trial for pasture growth, reduced soil compaction and water quality 
Funding provided: By Reef Catchments, through funding from the Australian Government Reef Programme and the Queensland Government

 

 

Michael Shanks Palmyra grazier

Michael Shanks, Palmyra

Name of landholder: Michael Shanks
Property location: Palmyra
Case Study: Riparian fencing – Off-stream watering points and land-type fencing to ensure better ground cover and improvement of runoff water
Funding provided: By Reef Catchments, through funding from the Australian Government Reef Programme Water Quality Grants and the Queensland Government

 

 

Jim and Juanita Angus, graziers, at Bloomsbury near Mackay

Jim and Juanita Angus, Bloomsbury

Name of landholder: Jim and Juanita Angus
Property location: Bloomsbury
Case study: Riparian fencing and off-stream watering points and pasture renovation to improve ground cover and runoff water quality
Funding provided: By Reef Catchments, through funding from the Australian Government Reef Programme Water Quality Grants

 

 

Bob Harris, Bowen

Bob Harris, Glencoe Station (Bowen)

Name of landholder: Bob Harris
Property location: Glencoe Station (Bowen)
Case study: Holistic grassland management, land type fencing, riparian fencing and off-stream watering points
Funding provided: By Reef Catchments, through funding from the Australian Government Reef Programme Water Quality Grants

 

 

Rodney and Sharon Dallas, graziers at Yalboroo

Rodney and Sharon Dallas, Yalboroo

Name of landholder: Rodney and Sharon Dallas
Property location: Yalboroo
Case study: Chemical-free production, riparian fencing and off-stream watering points, gully management and improving pasture coverage
Funding provided: By Reef Catchments, through funding from the Australian Government Reef Programme Water Quality Grants and the Queensland Government

 

 

Ken and Amanda Tennent, Eungella

Ken and Amanda Tennent, Eungella

Name of landholder: Kel and Amanda Tennent
Property location: Eungella
Case Study: Pasture monitoring and renovation, riparian fencing, gully management, and rotational grazing.
Funding provided: By Reef Catchments, through funding from the Australian Government Reef Programme Water Quality Grants

 

 

Bradshaw, Giant Rats Tail Trial

Bradshaw, Giant Rats Tail Trial

Name of landholder: Bradshaw
Property location: Mackay Whitsunday region
Case Study: Giant Rat’s Tail (GRT) control demonstration site
Funding provided: By Reef Catchments, through funding from the Queensland Government, with assistance from the Australian Government

 

 

Jane and Dale Gronow, graziers, Murray Creek

Name of landholders: Dale and Jane Gronow
Property location: Murray Creek sub-catchment
Case Study: Improving and developing farm productivity through implementation of sustainable land farming practices

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