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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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Broadmeadows is a viable commercial and stud cattle business co-existing with waterbirds and wildlife that regularly nest in the wetland on the Nankin Creek floodplain. The Nankin Creek custodians apply strategies to successfully reduce soil erosion on the vulnerable slopes in the catchment.

Download a copy of the Case study: A history of cattle, water and wildlife on the Nankin Plain (PDF, 1 MB).

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Pastures for protection & production describes how planting pastures on marginal cropping lands can protect the catchments of the Murray Darling in southern Queensland. It has sections on:

  • the environmental benefits of pastures
  • restoration of soil carbon
  • the problems with trying to restore land to its pre-settlement state
  • sown pastures and selection of species
  • establishing pastures on old cropping land
  • managing the pasture
  • recovery of run-down sown pastures.

The technical information has been based on presentations given at the seventh and eighth Australian Tropical Pastures Conferences held in 2007 and 2009 respectively. These conferences were organised by the Tropical Grassland Society of Australia. Editors: Ian Partridge et al., Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation, 2009.

Download a copy of Pastures for protection & production on marginal cropping lands (PDF, 4 MB).

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