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).
A report summarising results for the Central West Mitchell Grasslands region is available for download from the Improving profitability and resilience of beef and sheep businesses in Queensland – Preparing for, responding to, and recovering from drought project.
For this region, an integrated pasture and beef herd modelling approach was developed to allow the impact of climate variability on a range of grazing management scenarios to be modelled. This bio-economic evaluation found that setting livestock numbers based on safe pasture utilisation rate principles, but adopting a moderate degree of flexibility in altering livestock numbers in response to pasture availability, is likely to be the most profitable approach to grazing management while maintaining pasture and land condition over time. However, it was essential to economic viability that re-stocking occurred as soon as possible once good seasonal conditions returned.
Tactical strategies that may be applied in response to drought were also assessed in this report.
This technical guide is designed to help inform and improve grazing management in the Mitchell grasslands of western Queensland. It focuses on four major themes: managing stocking rate, spelling pasture, burning and developing the property with more fences and waters. The guide is a technical resource for use by those working with producers to improve the management of grazing lands for beef production. Compiled by David Phelps, Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation, 2012.
The aim of Pastures: Mackay Whitsunday region – a guide for developing productive and sustainable pasture-fed grazing systems is to provide information and knowledge on sown and native pasture systems in a form readily accessible to Mackay Whitsunday region’s graziers and land managers. It contains an overview of the Mackay Whitsunday region and its beef industry profile, pasture-fed beef production options, land types, sown pasture species information (selection, establishment and management), special purpose pastures, and weeds and legislation. Compiled by the Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries, Queensland, 2007.
The beef industry is a major contributor to the wealth of the inland Burnett region and this valuable industry relies on productive pastures. This booklet aims to help all grazing property managers, from those on small grazing blocks to properties of 10,000ha or more, better understand the development and management of pastures suited to the region. Compiled by Damien O’Sullivan, Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation, Queensland (2009).
Download a copy of Pasture management for the inland Burnett (PDF, 2 MB).
Kimberley pastoralists operate in a highly fire-prone environment. The controlled use of fire can benefit land management, animal production and biodiversity conservation. For any given country type, the interactions of fire, grazing and weather have complex effects on both land condition and animal production. This document deals with property-scale management of pastoral leases.
Download a copy of Fire management guidelines for Kimberley pastoral lands: best management practice guidelines (PDF, 279 KB) from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development’s Research Library.
Fire is integral to many ecosystems in Western Australian rangelands. Controlled fire can reduce the risk of wild fire, benefit pasture productivity and contribute positively to biodiversity values. Uncontrolled fire is a threat to safety and the business viability of pastoral enterprises and threatens rangeland biodiversity and productivity. For any given country type interactions of fire, grazing and weather have complex effects on both land condition and animal production. This document deals with property-scale management of pastoral leases.
Download a copy of Fire management guidelines for southern shrubland and Pilbara pastoral rangelands: best management practice guidelines (PDF, 301 KB) from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Western Australia Research Library.
The main areas of floodplains in the Top End of the Northern Territory are in the Sub-coastal Plain, Marrakai, Finniss and Littoral Land Systems. This factsheet summarises: the soils and vegetation, grazing potential and grazing plants, grazing history and grazing management for sustainability for these floodplains. Author: Arthur Cameron, Department of Primary Industries and Resources, Northern Territory, 2003.
Download a copy of Floodplain grazing management (PDF, 71 KB) from the Department of Primary Industry and Resources.
This technical guide is designed to help inform and improve grazing management in the Maranoa Balonne. It focuses on four major themes: managing stocking rate, spelling pasture, burning and developing the property with more fences and waters. The guide is a technical resource for use by those working with producers to improve the management of grazing lands for beef production. Authors: Col Paton, Jane Hamilton and Tim Emery, Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation, 2011.
Download a copy of the Best-bet practices for managing the grazing lands of the Maranoa Balonne: a technical guide of options for optimising animal production, profitability and land condition (PDF, 1 MB).