Grazing BMP

A Best Management Practice (BMP) program for the grazing industry in Queensland was developed and implemented by the Fitzroy Basin Association, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, and AgForce.

Grazing BMP used a voluntary online self assessment tool to develop and implement a best management practice program for the grazing industry. It enabled:

  • producers to identify and access training to improve knowledge and skills which enabled adoption of best practice
  • producers and industry to accurately monitor and report improvements in management practice at a range of levels
  • producers to benchmark their own practices against industry accepted best practice, and design and implement actions to improve.

The Grazing BMP program was modelled on the highly successful Grains BMP program, with an industry reference group that provided feedback and guided the project. The program was initially trialled in the Fitzroy Basin and then rolled out across other regions. Grazing BMP consisted of five modules covering all aspects of the enterprise:

  1. Soil health
  2. Grazing land management
  3. Animal production
  4. Animal health and welfare
  5. People and business.

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How did Grazing BMP work?

Producers used Grazing BMP to:

  • conduct a self assessment of management practices during group workshops. Self assessments were recorded and automatically linked to action plans and further resources (i.e. information, training options etc)
  • develop action plans to improve enterprise performance
  • review or add to their assessments at any time.

Online reporting functions enabled instant comparison with the rest of the industry. Data safety was paramount with each producer allocated a username and password on a secure website.

What was in it for landholders?

This program aimed to assist landholders improve the economic and environmental performance of their enterprises. The modules were designed to present the best available information and management principles at three levels – above, minimum and below standard for the whole business. The action plans developed assisted landholders to focus and prioritise on the most profitable and sustainable practices and identify training requirements. Landholders were able to demonstrate and document good land management and environmental stewardship.

When: Various periods during 1 July 2010 to 30 June 2017

Where: Queensland: Burdekin, Fitzroy, Burnett Mary and South East regions

Contact: Mick Sullivan T: 07 4923 6223 E:

Collaborators: Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, AgForceFitzroy Basin AssociationNQ Dry TropicsBurnett Mary Regional Group and SEQ Catchments.

RD&E objective: Enterprise sustainability

Industry priority: Grazing land management


Find out how Grazing BMP helped to identify the steps needed to incorporate best management practices into an enterprise. Over time Grazing BMP also allowed the grazing industry to demonstrate sound ethical and environmental management to the wider community. Hear from Peter Long, Project Coordinator (Fitzroy Basin Association), Jo Gangemi, Grazing BMP Industry Facilitator (Department of Agriculture and Fisheries), and Michael Taylor, Industry Coordinator (AgForce).

This webinar was for anyone involved along the red meat supply chain interested in improving profitability and developing workable industry standards to address community demand on environmental and ethical treatment of animals to the market place and broader community.

While this presentation focused on the Queensland Grazing BMP pilot program, it is still relevant to other parts of Australia as the Grazing BMP system was designed on grazing principles and thus addressed grazing principles and practices rather than regionally specific production approaches (54:04 minutes published 6 December 2013). Also available are the webinar presentation slides (PDF, 2.15MB).

For further information about the Grazing BMP program please watch the video below (57:50 minutes published 12 December 2012 by FutureBeefAu).

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