Case Studies and Narratives

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

Northern P roadshow
The majority of Gulf beef businesses are in phosphorus (P) deficient country. When implemented, phosphorus supplementation greatly improves the herd performance and is a fundamental feature of resilient livestock businesses.
Eldorado Station — Prickly acacia treatment and operational changes
David and Helen Ogg of Eldorado Station near Hughenden, have been treating prickly acacia on Eldorado for thirty years and continue to learn and improve techniques.
Bendemeer — Prickly acacia treatment and wet season spelling
Climatic variability at Bendemeer has presented a number of challenges to the operation a livestock business, including significant droughts and flooding rains resulting in significant losses of stock and top soil.
Evening weaner webinars reach more producers
Drought conditions forced many beef producers to consider wearing earlier than usual in late in 2019 so producers requested an informative early weaning webinar that was delivered.
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.
Yaralla and Gamarren — NIRS and phosphorus testing, a quality result
Ben McKenzie implemented NIRS and phosphorus testing in his herd which improved the economics and effectiveness of his supplementary feeding program.
Amber Station
Dan and Georgia Slaney of Amber Station share their management plans, including an economic analysis of the expected benefits supplementing breeders with phosphorus and further infrastructure development of their station.
Spreader banks for water retention with Glenn Landsberg
After attending a water ponding and spreader bank field day, Glenn Landsberg of “Sunset”, Charleville, implemented five new spreader banks different in design to his usual practice.
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.
Lara Downs Station
Colin Burnett completed a Nuffield Scholarship (How to survive and prosper in the North West Queensland beef industry) in 2019 and discusses the importance of maintaining land, herd, people and finance banks.
“Hope is not a plan” – with Russell and Donna Lethbridge
Russell and Donna Lethbridge of Werrington Station made a number of management practices changes over the years that increased business productivity and decreased the breeder mortality rate from 5% to 0.5%.
Capturing grasshopper impacts across northern and north-west Queensland following wet season rain
Producers were surveyed to measure grasshopper impacts such as pasture damage and economic loss across northern and north-west Queensland following wet season rain.
What we now know in preparation for the next drought
This case study features the feedback provided by sheep producers located in the north, central-west and south-west regions of Queensland.
Productivity and profitability gains through efficient herd management with Glen and Cheryl Connolly of 'Blanncourt Station'
The Connolly family improved productivity and profitability by implementing lighter stocking rates, wet season spelling, feeding and/or supplementation programs, cross breeding and pasture improvement.

Narratives

Continuity yields results – a decade of relationship building sees landscape level results
Ten years of extension support with Eddie Maxwell, a beef producer on a family business in the McKinlay Shire, has seen reduction in stock numbers by approximately 1,000 adult equivalents, cull cows turned off earlier and recognising the value of buying good quality hay for their weaning program. Learn about the importance of developing rapport between stakeholders and organisations. Read more…
Getting a better handle on phosphorus deficiency
Phosphorus is essential for the growth of cattle and for lactating cows, requiring 1g P for every litre of milk produced. Read how the GrazingFutures team helped beef producers in north-west Queensland to evaluate the level of phosphorus deficiency of the breeders in their herd. Read more…
Collaboration yields results
When Anne Alison started with Southern Gulf Natural Resource Management in 2017, there was very little collaboration between agencies in north-west Queensland. In this narrative, Anne describes how the GrazingFutures project has enabled a united front between not only Department of Agriculture and Fisheries and Southern Gulf NRM, but also Queensland Rural Industry Development Authority, McKinlay Shire Council, Primary Healthcare Network and many other community organisations. Read more…
Slow start to Mitchell grass

A vast area of north-west Queensland, including the northern Mitchell Grass Downs, extending into the Gulf, was damaged after a monsoon trough flooded the area in February 2019.

Local Department of Agriculture and Fisheries pasture scientists and extension staff reviewed Mitchell grass growth requirements and made some recommendations. Read more…

Wet season spelling in the Northern Gulf — A method for restoring degraded paddocks and increasing animal productivity

Wet season spelling is the practice of removing cattle from a paddock during the growing season to manage land more sustainably. The GrazingFutures Team partners with the E-Beef project to discuss the implementation of wet season spelling demonstration sites including how the results will be monitored over the coming years. Read more in the Wet season spelling narrative (PDF, 1.5 MB).

Collaborating with Biosecurity Queensland
GrazingFutures project members and Biosecurity Queensland staff based at Longreach have been collaborating to improve efficiencies in livestock inspections, producer enquiries and disease monitoring systems. Read this case study to find out how the collaboration is conducted in north-west Queensland: Collaborating with Biosecurity Queensland (PDF, 500 KB).

GrazingFutures event summaries

Basalt Bash and Beauty

Basalt Bash & Beauty is an event for rural and remote women, bringing them together to strengthen social cohesion, reduce the sense of isolation, encourage conversations on key issues and common themes, and improve mental health and wellbeing. Over the years the event has grown and evolved, with more women coming along to share their stories, experiences and challenges of life in far North Queensland. Read more about the Basalt Bash and Beauty case study (PDF, 1 MB).

Interstate collaboration at the Calf Loss Forum at McKinlay

Producers, industry and interstate government departments came together to discuss recent research and practical prevention strategies of calf loss on the downs near McKinlay on 8 October. Read more….

Begonia beef business analysis

Tim Moravek and Daisy-May Denny (DAF Agricultural Economists), presented the “Profitable Decision Making” workshop at the Begonia Sports Club. Workshop attendees were taken through a process of how to economically analyse their current operation and were shown how to test available options to improve profitability. Read more….

Technology for a better farm

GrazingFutures held a ‘Technology for a better farm’ field day 27 July 2019 showcasing one of the project’s walk over weigh (WOW) systems in use in western Queensland. The field day was held at ‘Echo Hills’, Roma where the technology has been in use since October 2018 with the assistance of livestock managers Anna and Anthony Dunn. Read more….

Women of wealth
Quilpie producer Annabel Tully of ‘Bunginderry’ was interested in establishing a dedicated producer business group for her region to streamline business management and office efficiency to prepare for when the dry returns. Establishing a dedicated group of local producers also meant support, learning off each other and sharing their experiences – both good and bad. Read more about the Women of wealth (PDF, 523 KB).
North Queensland takes on Evoke Ag 2020
Evoke Ag, the premier ag-tech conference for Australasia, is an annual event where start up and established companies display their latest tech offerings and producers, researchers and agricultural professionals alike discuss the issues facing the industry and what the future holds. To gain exposure to presenters and technology that remote Australia has little access to, the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries facilitated the partial funding of Evoke Ag attendance for seven producers through the Smart Farms Partnership funded E-beef project, led by Southern Gulf NRM. Read the attendees’ expectations, immediate impressions, ideas for implementation and perceived community benefits in this GrazingFutures narrative: North Queensland takes on Evoke Ag 2020 (PDF, 1 MB)…
Technology highlighted at the 2020 Westech Steer Challenge
The 2020 Westech Steer Challenge will be a step above the usual steer challenge as new technologies are being used to capture data and inform decision-making. All Challenge steers will pass over a walk over weigh unit (donated by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries) daily, while GPS tracking tags (donated by IDS G Farm) will monitor steer activity and grazing patterns. Read more…
What are my options? — Breedcow and Dynama workshop, Julia Creek
Breedcow and Dynama is a herd budgeting software package designed to be used to plan, evaluate and improve the profitability of extensive beef cattle enterprises by allowing users to model different scenarios for their cattle enterprise. GrazingFutures extension staff, economist Fred Chudleigh and nutritionist Dr. Maree Bowen, collaborated with Southern Gulf NRM and producers to deliver a Breedcow and Dynama workshop to five grazing businesses near Julia Creek. Click here to read the Breedcow Dynama (PDF, 120 KB).
Last updated: 5 January 2021