The 2017 Grazing Forum attracted over 80 landholders and 30 industry representatives. Many of the speakers were actual graziers, who discussed land management techniques to improve soil health, soil moisture holding capacity, pasture ground cover and ultimately water quality. The event enhanced grazier’s knowledge of how to be more sustainable, both in business and from an environmental perspective.
Attendee feedback was positive, stating their interest in keeping up to date with latest innovative practices, particularly drainage management and erosion control measures at the next event. One local grazier noted, “A lot we are already doing, but the speakers information attracted a lot more positive credibility to these practices”.
Regional Landcare Facilitator, Juliane Kasiske was extremely pleased with the strong interest from our local farmers in our region that are willing to learn and implement changes to their practice.
Networking amongst industry peers is always a benefit for taking the time off farm to attend events such as this, particularly for farmers who can be isolated geographically and often work alone.
Trade displays allowed participants to get acquainted with supporting organisations. Thanks to CQ Agforce, Greater Whitsunday Food Network, Pioneer Catchment Landcare, Sarina Landcare, FarmHQ and Mt Ossa Rural. Also thanks to Nufarm for the demonstration of spray drift reduction using an adjustable nozzle spray unit and the Mackay Regional Pest Management Group for the useful addition of their pest and weed information trailer.
If you were unable to attend, many of the presentations were recorded which you can view on our Reef Catchments Youtube channel.
- Land Resource Assessment and Management (LRAM), Bill Thompson
- Nuffield Scholar, Grazier and Soils for Life CEO Natalie Williams then Colin Creighton, Principal Research Scientist, Coastal and Estuarine Ecology
- Agforce Senior Policy Advisor Greg Leach
- Terrain, Wet Tropics Regional Landcare Facilitator Fiona George
- Mt Pleasant (Collinsville) Grazier Garlone Moulin then Meat Livestock Australia George Basha
- Reef Trust 4 Funding , Reef Catchments Chris Dench
- Pest & weed Q&A
Event proudly hosted by Reef Catchments with funding from the Queensland Government, the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme and sponsored by MLA.