Graziers in Ma Ma Creek benefit from new sustainable grazing programme

Graziers in Ma Ma Creek benefit from new sustainable grazing programme

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26-Mar-2015

Graziers in Ma Ma Creek are benefitting from a new programme that will help improve pastures, soils and waterways. 

Landholders from Ma Ma Creek in the Lockyer Valley were some of the first graziers off the rank in South East Queensland to benefit from the programme, with delivery of the programme coordinated by not-for-profit group SEQ Catchments.

Known as Grazing Best Management Practice, it is voluntary and offers graziers training in managing their soils, pastures, waterways and business.
Community Partnership Manager for the Lockyer region, Ross Bigwood says that the programme offers great holistic advice for graziers.

“The programme offers graziers specialist advice on managing soil and land resources, animal welfare and nutrition as well as training in people and business to improve the condition of their land and profitability of their enterprise,” said Ross.

“Through this training landholders can benchmark their practices and identify opportunities for continued improvement.”

“We hope to be able to continue to offer this programme across South East Queensland,” he said.


The training is provided over a series of five modules and includes expert advice from agribusiness specialists, grazing extension experts including representative from the Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and AgForce and soil scientists. 

South East Queensland contributes to almost a third of Queensland’s beef cattle enterprise and currently more than 1500 graziers participate in the programme Queensland wide.

If you are interested in finding more about the Grazing Best Practices Management Programme in the Lockyer please contact Ross Bigwood on rbigwood@seqcatchments.com.au.

The South East Queensland Grazing Best Management Practice is delivered by SEQ Catchments in partnership with the Queensland Department of Environment Heritage Protection, Department Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries, AgForce and the Fitzroy Basin Association.

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