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Richard and Beth Judd moved to ‘Hat Creek’ at Baralaba in 1999. They are a family operation with their sons, Clayton and Wyatt, involved in the business. In May 2018 Richard attended the Callide Dawson Carcase Competition Field Day at Warnoah Feedlot to hear Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) scientist Dr Maree Bowen speak about ‘Improving beef business performance with high quality forages’.

Maree’s presentation inspired Richard to find out more about how to maximise returns from high quality forages in this area of central Queensland. This case study explains how the Judd’s used economic analyses to determine their best options. Download a copy of the Case study: Local graziers use economics to assist business planning (PDF, 556KB).

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‘Pasture dieback: past activities and current situation across Queensland (2017)’ describes the current situation of pasture dieback across Queensland, specifically areas, locations and grass species impacted, climate, geographical and managerial impacts, and remedial management techniques being implemented.

It includes a review of published literature about pasture dieback both nationally and internationally, including findings of past and recent research and field sampling. It also provides recommendations for future research, development and extension priorities.

Author: Stuart Buck, Senior Agronomist (Sown Pastures), Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (PDF, 2MB).

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Clynt Johnstone attended the Mulga and Nutrition Workshop in Cooladdi in 2017. Clynt changed his supplement ration to improve cost effectiveness and productivity through growth rates in weaners and reproduction rates in breeders using the knowledge and networks he gained from attending. He sees the importance of understanding the nutritional requirements of his stock, matching it with the feed available and targeting nutritional deficits to maximise production. Read more about what Clynt learnt and the changes he made in this case study (PDF, 560KB).

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Diet quality testing is a powerful tool that can be used to guide decisions to improve the economics and effectiveness of a supplementary feeding progrm. Ben McKenzie, manager of Yaralla near Cunnamulla in south-west Queensland, implemented NIRS and phosphorus testing in his herd. The results indicated phosphorus was a primary concern for his cattle. The results also identified the relative importance of energy versus protein in the supplement given the current diet. Nutrition is a vital part of successful reproductive performance, so a targeted, effective and affordable supplementation program could have large impact on herd productivity.

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Cover page of the report.What is the best way to use high quality forages? In central Queensland is it better to:

  • feed leucaena to steers to sell them as bullocks or
  • put weaners on oats and then leucaena to sell them as feed-on steers or
  • put yearling steers on to leucaena or
  • just leave them on buffel grass until they sell?

Don’t know? The answers are in this report ‘Productivity and profitability of a range of alternative steer growth paths resulting from manipulating the pasture feed base in central Queensland – a modelling approach’ by Maree Bowen and Fred Chudleigh, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Queensland (PDF, 2 MB).

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Project RRRD.024 Final Report for the Australian Government’s Caring for Our Country Reef Rescue Water Quality Research and Development Program.

This project investigated the potential to mechanically rehabilitate degraded, bare, D-condition grazing lands to improved condition in the Burdekin and Fitzroy River catchments of north-east Queensland. With successful rehabilitation there will be increased pasture health and productivity which will reduce water, sediment and nutrient runoff, with the aim of improving the quality of water flowing into the Great Barrier Reef lagoon from grazing land.

Authors: Timothy Moravek and Trevor J. Hall, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, 2014.

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Project RRRD.024 Final Report for the Australian Government’s Caring for Our Country Reef Rescue Water Quality Research and Development Program.

This project investigated the potential to mechanically rehabilitate degraded, bare, D-condition grazing lands to improved condition in the Burdekin and Fitzroy River catchments of north-east Queensland. With successful rehabilitation there will be increased pasture health and productivity which will reduce water, sediment and nutrient runoff, with the aim of improving the quality of water flowing into the Great Barrier Reef lagoon from grazing land.

Authors: Timothy Moravek and Trevor J. Hall, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, 2014.

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Project RRRD.024 Final Report for the Australian Government’s Caring for Our Country Reef Rescue Water Quality Research and Development Program.

This project investigated the potential to mechanically rehabilitate degraded, bare, D-condition grazing lands to improved condition in the Burdekin and Fitzroy River catchments of north-east Queensland. With successful rehabilitation there will be increased pasture health and productivity which will reduce water, sediment and nutrient runoff, with the aim of improving the quality of water flowing into the Great Barrier Reef lagoon from grazing land.

Authors: Richard G. Silcock and Trevor J. Hall, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, 2014.

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Project RRRD.024 Final Report for the Australian Government’s Caring for Our Country Reef Rescue Water Quality Research and Development Program.

This project investigated the potential to mechanically rehabilitate degraded, bare, D-condition grazing lands to improved condition in the Burdekin and Fitzroy River catchments of north-east Queensland. With successful rehabilitation there will be increased pasture health and productivity which will reduce water, sediment and nutrient runoff, with the aim of improving the quality of water flowing into the Great Barrier Reef lagoon from grazing land.

Author: Trevor J. Hall, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, 2014.

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Managers of the five grazing properties that cover Torilla Plain in central Queensland have developed productive and resilient enterprises for breeding and fattening of cattle. Wise use of natural pastures on their marine plain is the key. The wetlands across the plain also support biodiversity of national and global importance. By implementing externally supported programs, often in collaboration with neighbouring properties, managers have enhanced the sustainability of their natural resources, livelihoods and wildlife.

Download a copy of the Case study: Integrating high value grazing and wetland management on Torilla Plain (PDF, 1 MB).

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