A Best Management Practice (BMP) program for the grazing industry in Queensland is being developed and implemented by the Fitzroy Basin Association, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, and AgForce.
Grazing BMP uses a voluntary online self assessment tool to develop and implement a best management practice program for the grazing industry, enabling:
- producers to identify and access training to improve knowledge and skills which will enable adoption of best practice
- producers and industry to accurately monitor and report upon improvements in management practice at a range of levels
- producers to benchmark their own practices against industry accepted best practice, and design and implement actions to improve.
The Grazing BMP program is modelled on the highly successful Grains BMP program, with an industry reference group providing feedback and guiding the project. The program was initially trialled in the Fitzroy Basin and is now being rolled out across other regions as appropriate.
Grazing BMP consists of five modules covering all aspects of the enterprise:
- Soil health
- Grazing land management
- Animal production
- Animal health and welfare
- People and business.
How does it work?
Producers can use the Grazing BMP website to:
- conduct a self assessment during group workshops. Self assessments are recorded and automatically link to action plans and further resources (i.e. information, training options etc)
- develop action plans to improve enterprise performance
- review or add to their assessments at any time.
Online reporting functions enable instant comparison with the rest of the industry. Data safety is paramount – each producer is allocated a username and password on a secure website.
What’s in it for landholders?
This program aims to assist landholders improve the economic and environmental performance of their enterprises. The modules are designed to present the best available information and management principles at three levels – above, minimum and below standard for the whole business. Action plans developed will assist landholders to focus and prioritise on the most profitable and sustainable practices and identify training requirements. Landholders will be able to demonstrate and document good land management and environmental stewardship.
When: Various periods during 1 July 2010 to 30 June 2017
Where: Queensland: Burdekin, Fitzroy, Burnett Mary and South East regions
Contact: Mick Sullivan T: 07 4923 6223 E: email@example.com
RD&E objective: Enterprise sustainability
Industry priority: Grazing land management
Find out how Grazing BMP helps identify the steps you need to take to incorporate best management practices into your enterprise. In time Grazing BMP will also allow the grazing industry to demonstrate sound ethical and environmental management to the wider community. Hear from Peter Long, Project Coordinator (Fitzroy Basin Association), Jo Gangemi, Grazing BMP Industry Facilitator (Department of Agriculture and Fisheries), and Michael Taylor, Industry Coordinator (AgForce).
This webinar is for anyone involved along the red meat supply chain who is interested in improving their profitability and developing workable industry standards to address community demand on environmental and ethical treatment of animals to the market place and broader community.
While this presentation focuses on the Queensland Grazing BMP pilot program, it is still relevant to other parts of Australia as the Grazing BMP system is designed on grazing principles and thus addresses grazing principles and practices rather than regionally specific production approaches (54:04 minutes published 6 December 2013). Also available are the webinar presentation slides (PDF, 2.15MB).
For more information about Grazing BMP please watch the video below (57:50 minutes published 12 December 2012 by FutureBeefAu).