Grazing Industry

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 Walk over weigh trial
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 Projects

The Drought and Climate Adaptation Program is helping the grazing industry in Queensland and across northern Australia through research, development and extension activities.


Articles


Climate mates

Climate Mates (through the Northern Australia Climate Program) are helping the grazing industry across Northern Australia better manage drought and climate risks through a range of research, development and extension activities.


Walk over weigh trial

Read how the GrazingFutures team is trialling walk over weigh (WOW) technology to improve business decisions in western Queensland or watch the introduction video.


Case studies

These case studies show how graziers improved their business using information provided through Drought and Climate Adaptation projects.

Clynt Johnstone

Mulga – your stock, your supplement – with Clynt Johnstone

Mulga – your stock, your supplement – with Clynt Johnstone
Clynt changed his supplement ration to improve cost effectiveness and productivity using the knowledge and networks he gained from attending a GrazingFutures workshop.
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Clynt Johnstone

NIRS and phosphorus testing

NIRS and phosphorus testing
Ben McKenzie implemented NIRS and phosphorus testing in his herd which improved the economics and effectiveness of his supplementary feeding program.
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Clynt Johnstone

Local graziers use economics to assist business planning

Local graziers use economics to assist business planning
Richard Judd used economic analyses to determine his best options after attending a DCAP workshop on maximising returns from high quality forages in central Queensland.
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Webinars

Improving profitability and resilience of beef businesses in northern Australia

Getting the “Inside Edge” in grazing land management


What’s on


Projects

The inside edge for graziers to master Qld’s drought prone climate

Researchers from the Department of Environment and Science (DES) will help support Queensland graziers to manage drought and climate decision-making more effectively by developing tools including:

  • improving the Long Paddock website to support pastoral managers with a range of innovative tools, webinars, videos and information.
  • on-line land management tools and training for extension officers, educators and consultants, including safe-carrying capacity and property forage budgeting
  • a grazing systems modelling framework incorporating field data, remote sensing and models to support subsequent generations of scientists and landholders
  • improved knowledge of sequences of wet and dry years in Queensland that impact longer-term strategic decision-making

Drought resilience and adaptation: A program of social research and knowledge support

Information products and tools will be improved to support decision making in the grazing industry through a better understanding of the barriers to managing climate risk and drought preparation.

Social scientists from the Department of Environment and Science (DES) will engage with Queensland graziers, extension officers and scientists to identify barriers to drought preparedness.

Northern Australia Climate Program

The Northern Australia Climate Program (NACP), a partnership between the Queensland Government, Meat and Livestock Australia Donor Company and the University of Southern Queensland, is helping the grazing industry better manage drought and climate risks through:

  • improved reliability of multi-week seasonal and multi-year forecasts for Northern Australia
  • establishment of a network of ‘climate mates’ across the pastoral regions of Northern Australia to support delivery of climate information into regional extension and social networks
  • production of new products and information and integration into business management decision-making.

Delivering integrated production and economic knowledge and skills to improve drought management outcomes for grazing systems

DAF staff are providing information to support improved profitability and resilience of Queensland’s grazing businesses. Economic analyses are being conducted for a number of regions across Queensland and a range of management strategies and technologies are being assessed that are aimed at making grazing businesses more profitable and drought resilient.  In addition, this project is examining options in the drought response and recovery phases.

GrazingFutures: Promoting a resilient grazing industry

The DAF GrazingFutures team is working with industry partners to deliver production, business and climate information to build resilience and grow grazing businesses across Western Queensland.

Forewarned is forearmed: Proactively managing the impacts of extreme climate events

Customised forecasts of extreme rainfall and temperature events will help grazing and sugar producers to make more informed short and medium-term management decisions to improve farm profitability.

Using palaeoclimate data to prepare for extreme events and floods in Queensland

Palaeoclimate research will:

  • Reconstruct a 1000 year rainfall history for key locations in SEQ, based on palaeoclimate data.
  • provide a long-term drought risk assessment
  • Reassess the probability of multi-year drought in the light of insights emerging from the palaeoclimate information.
Last updated: 10 December 2018