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Pasture dieback is a poorly understood condition that causes unthrifty growth and death of otherwise very productive pastures. The condition has been identified in a range of sown and native grasses in…
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Pasture dieback is a poorly understood condition that causes unthrifty growth and death of otherwise very productive pastures. The condition has been identified in a range of sown and native grasses in north Queensland, Mackay-Whitsunday, central Queensland, Wide Bay-Burnett and south east Queensland regions. The condition causes large losses in beef production and is a major concern for the Queensland grazing industry. The occurrence of dieback in pastures has accelerated in recent years, however it is not a new phenomenon; dieback has been reported since the early 1990s in central Queensland buffel grass pastures.

This fact sheet covers pasture dieback in Queensland: symptoms and impact; known grass species affected; current area affected; how dieback differs from rundown; what can be done; what the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries is doing, and; contacts for producers concerned about pasture dieback.

Download a copy of Pasture dieback in Queensland (PDF, 768 KB).

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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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Pasture Dieback Boonah

Pasture dieback over the past two years has significantly affected pastures in coastal Queensland.  Dieback in Buffel grass pastures in Queensland has also been a problem over a number of years. This meeting…
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Upskilling to address industry nutrition concerns

Poor seasonal conditions over recent years have increased the number of nutrition enquiries being received by extension staff. To ensure queries are being addressed adequately, 23 DAF extension and technical officers recently…
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RCS ‘KIT’ Field Day St Lawrence

Join RCS facilitator and advisor Raymond Stacey, hosts Penny and Ian MacGibbon and other local producers for a free RCS ‘KIT’ Field Day on Wednesday 28 November 2018. Listen and discuss how…
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Mundubbera BeefUp Forum

Meat & Livestock Australia invite you to the Mundubbera BeefUp Forum. Morning session Welcome – Cam Hughes, SEQRBRC Chair MLA update – Nick Sangster, MLA Genetics and genomics update Technology and production Trade display introduction – David Rubie, Smartshepard;…
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BeefUp Forum St Lawrence

Meat & Livestock Australia invite you to the 2018 St Lawrence BeefUp Forum. Morning session Welcome – Swin Hudson, Chairman CQRBRC MLA update – Richard Norton, Managing Director MLA Profitable Grazing Systems-…
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My Produce, Your Plate, Our Future Forum

AgForce and the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries invites you to attend the ‘My Produce, Your Plate, Our Future’ forum. Learn some practical skills for your business. Topics include: managing pasture dieback,…
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