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This report by Dr Gabriel Crowley, Cairns Institute Adjunct Principal Research Fellow, describes trends in the beef industry in the Monsoonal North. It aims to provide the region’s natural resource management groups with an understanding of how best to support the industry, undertake the changes required to improve its environmental sustainability and economic viability, and to provide it with resilience in the face of increasing development pressures and climate change. This report charts the industry’s history and development; describes its current condition and the pressures and drivers it is experiencing; and explores how these are likely to change in the near future.

Download a copy of Trends in natural resource management in Australia’s Monsoonal North: the beef industry (PDF, 6.9 MB) from The Cairns Institute.

Managing a beef business in the subtropics provides information and tools to help you develop the skills to produce an environmentally friendly, market driven beef product. It covers all aspects of subtropical beef production, including: markets and selling, handling and husbandry, feeding and pasture management, growth management of cattle, managing drought, breeding and health. Author: Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries, 2004.

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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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