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).
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).
This guide to Reducing weed risks from fodder aims to increase awareness of weed risks associated with fodder use in Queensland. It highlights tools which can be used to help you assess your weed risks when sourcing fodder and suggests simple strategies for reducing weed risk during fodder transportation, storage and feeding out. Ongoing monitoring for new weeds following the use of fodder is also recommended and this guide explains easy steps to monitor your weeds and have them identified. An information guide to weeds commonly associated with fodder movement is also included. Prepared by M.J. Laidlaw et al., Queensland Herbarium, Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation, 2017.
Download a copy of Reducing weed risks from fodder (PDF, 6 MB).
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.
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).
This guide discusses the recommended management practices for growing oats for forage, strategies to minimise leaf rust infection, and the current varieties of forage oats available for commercial sale in Queensland and northern New South Wales. Compiled by Bruce Winter, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.
Download a copy of the Forage oat variety guide 2017 (PDF, 628KB) from the Queensland Government.
Water is one of the most important factors of successful livestock production. If water quality is poor livestock drink less. When livestock drink less, they eat less, lose condition and have less milk. These Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia, pages cover: water salinity, blue-green algae, contamination, water testing and where to get more information.
Read more about water quality for livestock on the Western Australia government website.
This factsheet provides information on determining which calves require treatment for scours, how to select and use oral electrolyte solutions for best results and when to consult your veterinarian during a calf scours outbreak.
Download a copy of Tips & Tools: Treating calf scours (PDF, 187KB) from Meat & Livestock Australia.
This publication has been compiled to offer best practice management options to land managers dealing with weedy Sporobolus grasses to optimise control strategy success and return on investment. Weedy Sporobolus grasses include giant rat’s tail grass (GRT) and giant Parramatta grass. This manual takes a strategic approach to weed management. A variety of common weed ‘situations’ are examined, and a ‘best bet’ strategy presented for each. These ‘best bet’ strategies are based on the latest research, and focus on achieving effective weed control in a cost-efficient way.
This revised edition was updated by Steven Bray (Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries) and David Officer (New South Wales Department of Primary Industries), Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries, Queensland, 2007.
Download a copy of the Weedy Sporobolus grasses: best practice manual (PDF, 1 MB).