A best management practices program developed to help graziers farm alongside the Great Barrier Reef is expanding into Western Queensland to help drought affected producers build their resilience.
AgForce Grazing BMP Manager Steve Lacey said the Grazing Best Management Practices program had been in operation since 2010 and so far more than 1600 businesses covering an area of more than 20 million hectares had engaged in the program.
"To date, the program has been focussed on assisting graziers in Reef catchments improve their businesses, but it is now expanding to assist graziers in western Queensland areas thanks to funding from the Drought and Climate Adaption project, which aims to assist producers prepare for, manage and recover from drought."
Mr Lacey said landholders could use Grazing BMP to benchmark their business against the best industry standards using the best available science.
"It is designed to assist producers to improve their long term productivity, profitability and sustainability in the areas of grazing land management, soil health, animal health and welfare, animal production, and people and business," he said.
"While the Grazing BMP tool is available for use by any grazier online in any part of Australia, DAF is now working with natural resource management groups and industry to deliver workshops in towns throughout Western Queensland.
"This gives producers the opportunity to hear first-hand from experts, and to learn from and work with their peers to examine their overall business outlook and where there is room for improvement."
Initial uptake in Western Queensland has been positive and upcoming Grazing BMP workshops include:
- Mt Molloy, 28 November 2016
- Georgetown, 29 November 2016
- Hughenden, 1 December 2016
- Julia Creek, 2 December 2016
For more details about the workshops, go to www.bmpgrazing.com.au
MEDIA CONTACTS: Scott Whitby 0418 733 102, Sarah Henderson 0427 626 853
Grazing BMP is a joint partnership between AgForce, Fitzroy Basin Association and the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) that allows graziers to anonymously benchmark their current business practices and stewardship performance and compare their results against the rest of the industry. In return, the aggregated and de-identified data will allow the industry to clearly demonstrate adoption levels of practices and performance and any areas requiring further attention for improvement.